Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan

A half-century ago, Afghan women pursued careers in medicine; men and women mingled casually at movie theaters and university campuses in Kabul; factories in the suburbs churned out textiles and other goods.

“There was a tradition of law and order, and a government capable of undertaking large national infrastructure projects, like building hydropower stations and roads, albeit with outside help. Ordinary people had a sense of hope, a belief that education could open opportunities for all, a conviction that a bright future lay ahead. All that has been destroyed by three decades of war, but it was real.”

Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan, a photo essay by Mohammad Qayoumi


7 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan”

  1. That was when the Soviet union, USA break the Soviet Russia in to multiple parts and every thing went wrong and fighting…………..

  2. Fascinating. I remember listening to an NPR story on Ahmad Zahir and the changes to Afghanistan since the era of his fame, but it I had no idea they were as progressive as the photos depict.

  3. For anyone else interested in the history of Afghanistan and the West then the BBC’s Adam Curtis has a brilliant (though lengthly) ongoing series of articles on the topic that you can find here on the BBC website

    Not a quick read by any means but absolutely fascinating stuff.

  4. but if not bastard Brzezinski and his plan to conquer the world that Afghanistan would normlanoy secular country such as Lebanon

  5. I remember the time when Afghanistan was the country the hippies liked the most on the hippie trail to India – they always used to say they were glad to get out of Iran and into Afghanistan ’cause the Afghani people were so friendly

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