The roundabout of civilizations.
First there were the Medes, then the Achaemenid Empire. After that, history’s tides have washed in Greco-Bactrians, Kushans, Indo-Sassanids, Kabul Shahi, Saffarids, Samanids, Ghaznavids, Ghurids, Kartids, Timurids, Mughals, Hotakis, and Durranis…
…and lately, British, Russians, and Americans.
- In the 80s I was a little boy growing up in the Soviet Union and everyone’s older brother was either going or busying themselves about how to get out of going to Afghanistan. Military service was mandatory. If you didn’t study hard and get into university, the government had an alternative education in mind for you.
“Study hard so you will go to university,” the teachers warned us, “so you will not die in Afghanistan.”
Ironically there aren’t any more rungs of university left for me, so perhaps it’s time to stop avoiding the inevitable.
- Will write something about herself.
- I am Hameed Tasal, a senior year student at Nangarhar University, Afghanisatn. I am studying English language. I will be getting my bachelor’s degree in June 2011. I have been moonlighting as a general development worker in Afghanistan for 3 years. When I was a little kid, I was picking up trash from the streets and then we’d use that for cooking food at home. One day, I found this magazine next to a dumpster. It was late afternoon and I was so tired. I sat on a step in front of a house with my bag of trash slung over my shoulder and started leafing through the magazine. I saw a picture with students going to university (I kept the magazine with me and I was able to read it after several years) with their beautiful attires. I said to myself, one day I am going to go to one of those schools and get the best education there is, and then I will be able to help my family and others like us. I like working in general development. I like to travel and go on adventures and meet new people from different cultures and backgrounds. I feel accomplished when I can be of help to those who need our help. Ever since I was a child, I have dreamed of getting an advanced education abroad. After I get my degree from Nangarhar University, I would like to go for master’s in international development in the US. After advanced studies in the U.S., I would like to return to Afghanistan and work together with NGOs and IGOs to help make it a prosperous and peaceful country.
Check out Hameed’s Flickr Photos.