You hear over and over how “Afghanistan is stuck in the thirteenth century” (or some other medieval century). Well, no, its not. The reality is more complicated. Would you believe, the pictures posted here: http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2013/01/28/podlich-afghanistan-1960s-photos/5846/ are from Afghanistan? Well, I’ve encountered this part of the Afghan history before, and can assure you its all real. Modernity is fragile. I think it is very important for us to view photographic collections like this because they show us something we Westerners tend to overlook about Afghanistan. I have had shouting arguments with people who refused to believe Afghanistan had ever been different from the one they saw on the news for the last thirteen years. Well, here is my proof.
Hat tip littlegreenfootballs.com.