"Girl in Ghulam Ali"
A young girl in Ghulam Ali, a village on the Shamali Plain. Fighting between Northern Alliance and
Taliban, along with massive US airstrikes in the wake of September 11 made
the plain an extremely dangerous place to live. November 2001.
Afghanistan 1994-2004: in Search of Peace
The last ten years in
Afghanistan have seen tumultuous events, even by
the standards of that country's history. 1994 saw the continuing escalation
of a brutal civil war ,allowed to fester as a legacy of a redundant Cold War;
and the emergence of the Taliban. But as crucible to Al Qaeda, the country
later became the arena for 9/11 retribution, and once again briefly held
centre stage. In the afterglow of a successful election in October 2004, what
can we say we know of the Afghans themselves, beyond the erratic headlines.
The ethnic patchwork of Afghanistan is the result of great historical
movements, avarice and the country's strategic geography. Understanding
this cultural diversity will be a crucial factor in any hope for lasting
peace. These people, now emerging from 25 years of constant war, have been
witness to much of mans folly .The Afghan people lived their lives through
these 10 years as they always have done through their history : at once both
the victims and ultimate survivors of their own fate.