Inventory for Bamyan University

Oct 16, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  3 Comments

This is from Thurs­day at Bamyan Uni­ver­si­ty. We are mak­ing an inven­to­ry list for the equip­ment that we have brought with to the uni­ver­si­ty in our Bamyan Uni­ver­si­ty project (more details in my pre­vi­ous blog). Pro­fes­sors Joya and Motamid are help­ing me with it. Pro­fes­sor Joya has got his mas­ter’s degree in Edu­ca­tion and Lan­guage Learn­ing from Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty. I love work­ing with Bamyan Uni­ver­si­ty staff. We were send­ing all these equip­ment from the cap­i­tal Kab­ul through Par­wan to Bamyan which…

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Kabul Attack Building

Oct 14, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

One month ago less than a dozen of Tal­iban attacked Kab­ul city. Look at all those bul­let marks on one of the build­ings that they hid in in the first pho­to. They were fir­ing out of this build­ing. This build­ing is still under con­struc­tion. It’s already very pop­u­lar all over the coun­try and world­wide. Nice name for the build­ing. Kab­u­lAt­tack Plaza! They don’t need to rename it or do fur­ther mar­ket­ing for it :-). Here is an inter­est­ing link: Taliban…

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Watch Out! You are hiking in Afghanistan

Oct 12, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

When you are hik­ing in Afghanistan, don’t always rely on the white paint­ed rocks. You should use your own bomb deters, too. Una and I were hik­ing at this sup­pos­ed­ly dem­ined area near the Bud­dha in Bamyan when we saw an unex­plod­ed bomb half buried in the dirt. Only the tail was stick­ing out and I almost almost stepped on it. It was twi­light and I gave the near­by police a shout. They did­n’t both­er to come at first. Then…

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This Time in Bamyan

Oct 12, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   university  //  2 Comments

Back in April of this year, my col­league, Una and I came to Bamyan for a needs assess­ment sur­vey at Bamyan Uni­ver­si­ty (here­after BU). The uni­ver­si­ty is locat­ed in the provin­cial cen­ter. The num­ber of stu­dents as per last April was over 1700. Its aca­d­e­mics are fac­ul­ties of Edu­ca­tion, Social Sci­ences, Agri­cul­ture, Geol­o­gy. And fac­ul­ties of Com­put­er Sci­ence, Jour­nal­ism and Health to open in 2012. We took a tour of BU’s old and new cam­pus­es. BU’s new cam­pus that was…

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What is democracy?

Oct 10, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  1 Comment

I was in Dara-e-nur dis­trict of Nan­garhar yes­ter­day. It’s a very remote dis­trict in the mid­dle of nowhere. All moun­tains. I saw this guy who was rid­ing on his motor­cy­cle along with three oth­er friends. I asked them, “why are you four peo­ple rid­ing on one motor­cy­cle?” They said, “it’s democ­ra­cy.” You do what you want and feel like doing.

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Car wash in Jalalabad

Oct 8, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Gen­er­al­ly, there are two types of car wash­es in Jalal­abad: 1. fan­cy and expen­sive that com­man­ders, et. al. use and 2. riv­er and stream sides locat­ed ones that use a small gen­nie to pump water and hose down cars.  Below is a hand pres­sure pump that is used to splash oil under the car so that it does­n’t get rusty. Most of the cars that we use in Afghanistan are used cars that get dumped here after they are first used…

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A Joyful Weekend at Sweating Man

Oct 8, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

My broth­er, Idris, Rah­mat and I went to the Jalala­good Sweat­ing Man last week­end. Then we played Khu­sai, the one foot­ed Afghan game. It was so much fun that I for­got to take any pho­tos. There was a flood a cou­ple of days ear­li­er and the water in Behsood Riv­er was all very gray because of the floods, etc. This fish­er­man was try­ing to catch fish. He caught a few fish that were lit­er­al­ly the size of his mid­dle finger.…

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Water Tank

Oct 6, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

Fun­ny water tank on top of a house. This fam­i­ly lives 20 kilo­me­ters south of Jalal­abad city and they have enmi­ty with Tal­iban. Tal­iban killed a mem­ber of this fam­i­ly and then they went and killed sev­er­al Tal­iban to take revenge. The fam­i­ly is always vig­i­lant. They guard their house with their AK47s 24/7. It’s fun­ny that they have this flashy red water tank. There is anoth­er house in Jalal­abad that has a water tow­er in the shape of an…

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A few Moments with Baba Jan

Sep 23, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  7 Comments

This is Baba Jan in the beau­ti­ful dis­trict of Kama. I was out with my map­ping team when we met him. We were pass­ing by his hut he gave us a shout and offered us water­mel­on. We stopped and sat down with him. He asked us to wait for him to fin­ish his hash. “I enjoy the con­ver­sa­tion then,” he said. Baba Jan has a small store right across from his hut which is run by his 9‑year-old daugh­ter. He…

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Addresses in Afghanistan

Sep 22, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  6 Comments

Nor­mal­ly, in Afghanistan we don’t have street names and street num­bers. There are some streets and almost all towns with names. Fun­ny sto­ry how streets and some towns are named but before that: I was dri­ving out­side Jalal­abad city the oth­er day and I need­ed direc­tions to a friend’s house. I asked a cou­ple of famers with their shov­els on their shoul­ders for direc­tions to a friend’s house in the area. In rur­al areas where peo­ple live in small towns…

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