Here is a very interesting story about what life was like in Afghanistan just fifty years ago. It shows amazing pictures of Afghan life, with women in universities, a growing economy, and an emerging civil society with political independence. It is truly staggering what decades of Taliban rule and foreign intervention by the Soviets and the Americans have done.
‘Given the images people see on TV, many conclude Afghanistan never made it out of the Middle Ages. But that is not the Afghanistan I remember. I grew up in Kabul in the 1950s and ’60s. Stirred by the fact that news portrayals of the country’s history didn’t mesh with my own memories, I wanted to discover the truth.
‘Remembering Afghanistan’s hopeful past only makes its present misery seem more tragic. But it is important to know that disorder, terrorism, and violence against schools that educate girls are not inevitable. I want to show Afghanistan’s youth of today how their parents and grandparents really lived.’
- Mohammad Qayoumi