Jalal­abad, Afghanistan.

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.



Peretz Parten­sky

    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.


Louisa Bukiet

    Will write some­thing about herself.



Hameed has appeared and been cred­ited for a photo in the NYT!

    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.