Kabul, Afghanistan

In March 2005, I traveled with the Global Exchange delegation "Women Making Change" to Afghanistan for an Independent Study Project in photography. I returned to Afghanistan in March 2007, as a volunteer for the NGO Afghans4Tomorrow, teaching English and photographing in the A4T girl's schools.


Quandi-gul

One afternoon, as I paused to photograph a small boy chasing a rooster through a family graveyard, an elderly woman stood at the top of a small hill shouting in Dari and gesturing excitedly. "Chai!" she shouted. At first I thought that she was angry with us. Perhaps we had offended her by trespassing or photographing the green martyr’s flag fluttering above a grave marker. And then I understood. In a traditional display of Afghan hospitality, the woman, whose name we later learned was Quandi-gul, was inviting us for tea.






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Sona Holman
Sona Holman
Etats Unis

Wonderful photos - thank you!

Sona Holman
Sona Holman
Etats Unis

Wonderful photos - thank you!

Masha Rotfeld
Masha Rotfeld
Etats Unis

It's a lively tale you retell. It's humanizing to observe that the people of a country invaded by the US, still do not hold resentment against its citizens, even if with peaceful intentions.

I especially like the two portraits you captured! I wonder if the little girl will age the same way as Quandi-gul or if her life will be the mark of times changing & hopefully, for the better.


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