This post comes to you from the heart of
Asia, roof of the world, and, sadly, a used-to-be treasure trove of Buddhist relics, Bamian. Yes, I’m writing to you from an internet café located under the majesty of the remains of the giant Buddha statues destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban.
I am here to work on a book which is about the culture and history of the Hazara people of Afghanistan. It will contain stories for children about the struggles of daily life in this cold but historic province. The book aims at introducing these people to the children of the
United States whose country is spreading “freedom” and “democracy” in that region. The Hazaras are one of the three largest ethnic groups in Afghanistan and are of Turco-Mongolic ancestry (I am a Hazara myself, if you’re curious).
I will be staying here for a few more days. During my stay, I’m going to take lots of pictures and do many interviews of the people to get to know more about their troubles and travails.
I will also visit the picturesque Band-e-Amir, a group of lakes situated outside the Bamian city. I will hear from the locals the many folk stories associated with this lake.
From my first impressions of Bamian, I am humbled by the magnificence of what remains of the two Buddha statues, and saddened by the barbarity that went into destroying them. I am also enchanted by the beauty of this valley and the warmth of its people.
Bamian is the safest of all provinces in Afghanistan. And if all goes well, I will hopefully be back home in after a week. Then, I will blog and post some of the pictures I take. The internet situation here is shaky due to which I am not be able to post from Bamian.
See you all on the other side of the border. Till then, stay safe and good wherever you are.
Here are some more picture albums from Afghanistan. The pictures are from my previous trip to Afghanistan (December 2005).
- Mazar Airport Pictures-This album contains pictures taken at the Mazar Airport, Afghanistan. View: Thumbnails | Slideshow
- Pictures from Ali's Shrine [Rauza-e-Sharif], Mazar-This album contains pictures depicting Ali's Shrine. Ali was the son-in-law of Mohammed, the prophet of Islam. He also was one of the four caliphs of Islam. His shrine attracts thousands of tourists from across Afghanistan during the Afghan new year festival, Nuroz. View: Thumbnails | Slideshow
- Kabul Pictures-This album contains daily life pictures of Afghans taken in Kabul. View: Thumbnails | Slideshow
Tags: Afghanistan+pictures, Kabul+pictures, Mazar+pictures
Published April 12, 2006
Personal Stuff , Pictures
John Walker Lindh, also known as the "American Taliban", is one of the hundreds of Taliban fighters who were captured and imprisoned in the Northern City of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan in 2001.
He, along with his friends, however, waged a bloody prison revolt against their captors killing more than 200 of them and a CIA operative, Mike Spann. Lindh was wounded in the stand off and was among the handful of inmates who survived the feud.
During my tour of Afghanistan in December last year, I visited the prison where John Lindh and his buddies had staged the revolt. I have taken pictures of the prison and have posted them here so that you can see. The pictures also depict the tomb and tombstone of Mike Spann, the CIA operative killed during the revolt. The pictures have been captioned with detailed information from Asluddin, an Afghan soldier currently posted at the prison where the feud had been staged.
NOTE: Please view pictures in the order they have been sorted
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Tags: John Walker Lindh, Mike Spann, Afghanistan, Afghanistan Pictures, Taliban
I have uploaded three new picture sets from Afghanistan:
- Afghanistan Pictures–General: Pictures from Afghanistan depicting the everyday lives of the people, reconstruction and economic activity in the country. See pictures here.
- Photos from Kabul, the Afghan Capital: Pictures from Kabul depicting prosperity, commercialization and the lives of the common Afghans. See pictures here.
- The Salang Tunnel: Pictures from the Salang Tunnel, which connects the North to the rest of Afghanistan. The Salang Tunnel is on the Hindukush Mountain, standing more than 11,000 feet above sea level. It was built by the Soviet Russia in 1980s to facilitate movement of military convoys. See pictures here.