Kabul and Modernity: An Ugly Contrast

Besides that this photo tells thousands words in its context, like how artless and ugly this glass building looks among muddy houses in the ruins of civil war, it also shows a rigid dichotomy between Afghan society and modernity. Afghans fantasize modernity and they imitate it badly and ineptly, but I assume that is how a country should start rebuilding itself and strive for conformity with its status quo. (more…)

The Century Old Instant Camera in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one of the last places on earth where photographers used a simple type of instant camera called the Kamer-e Fawri for means of making a living. (more…)

Hillside Snow Slide in Afghanistan

It is winter in Afghanistan and among cock fighting, dog fighting and numerous other animal fighting, young Afghans venture to slide their arse in the snow as part of their winter game. This kind of snowboarding in Farsi is called Yakh Malah, or, Yakh Lakhshak, which literally means sliding on ice.

Kabul’s Children Street Workers

Afghanistan has been through decades of conflicts and it became one of the most dangerous places in the world for children and their mothers to live. (more…)

Afghanistan’s Drug addicts: A Sore Wound

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has released a report today that United States has spent approximately $7.6 billion on counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan. (more…)