What Was Afghanistan Like Before the Russian Invasion, the Taliban and Four Decades of War


It will surprise you, I suspect, to know that Afghanistan was once a modern Islamic nation, prior to the Russian invasion and the rise of the Mujahideen and the Taliban. The country was poor, but women went to school and some on to college and many dressed in Western attire. William Podlich captured that Afghanistan in photographs while living there with his family.

From a wonderful photo essay published by Radio Free Europe:

The Kabul in William Podlich's photographs is an almost unrecognizable place -- a bustling capital of modern cars, green parks, and nattily attired men and women, many wearing Western dress.

A place where women -- Afghans and foreigners -- could freely walk the streets.

A peaceful place where tourists, unconcerned for their safety, could take buses to the major historic sites in the country or across the border to Pakistan.

See the entire story here.


Photo Credit: William Podlich. "Young Afghans gather to share tea, sing, and play music."

#Afghanistan

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
huipilequilt.jpg
Shop and Support Illuminate. Handmade and Fair Trade Bags, Throws, Bedspreads, Table Runners and Pillow Covers. See them Here!
_MG_7571 (2).JPG
See Our Handmade Bedspreads & Throws Here

Handmade Guatemalan Backpack Shoulder Bag. See them here.

Illuminate Our World   

News  Politics  Art  Photography  History, Culture & Fair Trade Shopping

Illuminateourworld.org

© Illuminate

Don't Forget to Bookmark us!
LLocated In Beautiful Virginia Beach, VA

2023 by The Artifact. Proudly created with Wix.com