Afghan boys try to pick a coin up from the ground while enjoying a ride on a handmade wooden-carousel on the outskirts of mazar-i-sharif, afghanistan.
shadyan desert has been green almost every year this time. climate change impacts, drought and change in rainfall patterns have left it dry - in past two weeks, floods took over 50 lives in northern provinces of afghanistan.
Repost from @afpphoto - afp photo 📷@shahmarai --- 🇦🇫 in memory of shah marai, afp’s chief photographer in afghanistan. agence france-presse's chief photographer in kabul, shah marai @shahmarai , has been killed. he died in a blast that was targeting a group of journalists who had rushed to the scene of a suicide attack in the afghan capital.
Carpet market: one of the integral parts of afghan heritage is the craftsmanship of carpet weaving. for centuries, afghan carpets and rugs have been representatives of a diverse range of cultural and ethnic sensibilities. since there were no clear borders with other countries before the establishment of modern afghanistan, the culture of each ethnic group is deeply rooted in the neighbouring countries. therefore, the design, weave and the colors of the carpets are subjected to the influences of the persian and central asian culture. the afghan carpets/rugs are mostly assembled in northern and western regions of afghanistan by mainly turkmen tribes. most of them are made up of persian knots and many feature vegetable dyed hand spun afghan wool, one large afghan carpet takes six to nine months to weave. the two most well known carpets according to their fabrication in afghanistan are named as their weavers’ tribes, the turkmen carpets and balochi carpets. this cottage based craftsmanship is passed on through generations from the ancient ages of persian empire till this day.
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Young afghan farmer, hashmat khan, poses among poppy flowers as he waters his poppy field. in 2016 afghanistan, which produces 80 percent of the world’s opium, made around 4,800 tonnes of the drug bringing in revenues of three billion dollars, according to the united nations. according to afp's report, poppies, which are cheap and easy to grow, make up half of afghanistan’s entire agricultural output. crop failure levels due to water shortages and the amount of potentially productive land left uncultivated will probably increase. more water intensive staple crops will become less attractive to farmers, with a likely increase in the attractiveness of those that are more drought-hardy, including o***m poppy.
Repost from @instagram - thanks for sharing my photos. “i use photography as a tool for social change,” says farshad usyan (@farshadusyan ), a 25-year-old photojournalist from northern afghanistan. “i am interested in people’s stories, cultures, livelihoods, struggles and how they overcome them, and my photography depicts the everyday challenges that my country faces. many people outside of afghanistan only know it through media covering the war, but do not know what we face in our everyday lives — how women are still being mistreated, how many children are still laborers and how climate change is affecting our agriculture. i believe that photojournalism is a way to promote change because images touch people and compel them to act.”
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An afghan burqa-clad woman walks through a road in mazar-i-sharif, afghanistan.
unfortunately, violence against women has not decreased despite the law on elimination of violence against women that was introduced in 2009. violence against women is severely under-reported in afghanistan due to insecurity, lack of a functioning government or judiciary, and traditional practices which combine to discourage victims and their families from reporting violence.
An afghan model prepares herself to go on stage for the first afghan cultural fashion show in an amusement park in mazar-i-sharif, afghanistan. "this fashion show is one of its kind, afghanistan has ever seen," says nilab azamzada, one of the afghan models, to the journalists during an interview. "we are aware of all the struggles ahead of this movement but nothing can stop us." however, afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous countries for women; new generation of girls show courage to bring positive social changes with all the possible risks in such a conservative society. during the taliban regime and mujahedin, former rulers in the late 20th century, women had very little to no freedom, specifically in terms of civil liberties.
Afghan old men smoke hash with a traditional hookah(chelam) at the shrine of baba ku in ancient city of balkh, afghanistan.
baba ku is a legendary folkloric character from balkh, a sufi adherent who introduced hashish to afghanistan.
Afghan day labourers are having breakfast alongside a street in mazar-i-sharif, afghanistan. according to a survey about 40% of afghan youth are unemployed and the rate of unemployment has increased 10% in past four years. this arouses too many social devastations and social crimes. youth are bound to do any kind of work to earn money including criminal acts, which has led to an increase rate of terrorism and drug production.
Everyone in the world knows about the war in afghanistan but few know about the water crisis going on in the country. afghanistan was once a flourishing country with beautiful cities and plentiful food and water supplies, but decades of war have decimated much of the country. one of the casualties of war has been the infrastructure that supplies the people with a clean water source.