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I love this woman very much
آن چشم های زیبا چرا پنهان شده
از زیر آن سوراخ های ریز آسمان ابی
ده ها آبی کوچک است
برقع چادر زنان افغانستان
Suffering, war or poverty, children in Afghanistan can smile!
At the west end of the Bala Hissar, a fort dating back to the 5th Century and still occupied by the Afghan Military are a small group of houses and shops. This gentleman was sitting, taking in the last rays of the winter sun watching the world go by. As usual with these brief encounters we were offered chai (tea).
An old song goes,"I have often walked down the street before, but the pavement always stayed always stayed beneath my feet before". Not always true, especially in Spring in Afghanistan when you always wear a little of the "pavement" home. Happily, this street was paved when I last returned to Mazar.
Coming back from bazaar, villagers piled up in the truck together with newly bought goats. By the way the man smiled one may conclude that in spite of the heat ( 45C) and the dust, he was enjoying himself.
Buzkashi is Afghanistan favorite sport and is very popular amongst all levels of society. Every winter and early spring thousands of people every Thursday watch this sport on the fields outside of towns and villages. Group of us were invited to buzkashi outside of Dawalatabd. The weather was fine, our host was gracious and the game was very enjoyable to watch.
There is onset of a drought in the North of Afghanistan. We are delivering water to three schools and one clinic in three most affected areas. In one village we supply water for a local clinic. This old man was on of the patients. He said that he was 80 years old, but still very lively and alert.
I thought i go back to my favorite theme - faces of Afghanistan. These boys are living in prison with their mothers. We are hoping to start a play group for them. They are sweet little boys who have nothing, even freedom.
Christmas is of course not celebrated in Afghanistan though the Virgin Mary ("Maryam") in Islam is the mother of Jesus. Jesus is considered by Muslims to be one of the great prophets of Islam. A few days before Christmas the Islamic world celebrated Eid ul-Adha. At celebration and many other times balloon sellers are popular. They often have balloons within balloons... I'm not sure how they do that! They also announce their arrival in the street with a horn or a cry. Balloons were banned during
To see horses in this part of Afghanistan is a treat. There are more camels than cars in Aqcha. And a donkey seems a favorite way to get around. So when you see horses and harvest fields, you know that the village must be near water and not a poor one.
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