BC: The End
1: "Afghan society is very complex, and Afghanistan has a very complex culture. Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity". | Mohsen Makhmalbaf
2: Assalaam alaikum | February 10, 2010 Today is the big day. As I pack my luggage into my Liberty Jeep, I know that my life is about to drastically change, whether for the better or worse. What I do know is that as I venture out to Afghanistan, God goes before me and will guide me for the twelve months I spend here.
3: Ms. Kayla Henry 8603 Shinzar Way Kabul, AfghaniSTAN 30725
4: Culture Shock
5: In case you are unaware to what Afghanistan is like here is some background information. | Capital: Kabul Currency: 1 Afghani= 100 puls System of Government: Islamic Republic President: Mr. Hamid Karzi Religion: Islam is the dominant religion with a majority being the Sunni Muslims
6: Most Afghan homes are composed with mud-brick walls. The home is surrounded by high walls, which provide security, seclusion for women, and an open area for animals. The various rooms are built around an open courtyard.
8: This is a photograph of the baby daughter of the family who I stayed with. In Afghanistan, families traditionally live together in the same walled compound which is known as a Kala.
9: August 30, 2011 | Today is Eid-al-Fitr also known as the end of Ramadan
10: February 16, 2011 | Yesterday was Liberation day. This is known as the day in which the last of the Soviet troops were expelled from Afghanistan in 1989. I find this day to be an oxymoron because although the citizens, male and female celebrate this day of liberty, the women population is maltreated, especially during the era when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. Many restrictions were placed upon women, prohibiting them from working and leading normal lives. Women were made dependent upon men for their survival and suffered dire consequences if they do not adhere to the law. As I was heading to the market, I saw a group of women sitting on the side of the road. As a result of the new laws, women resort to begging and illegally prostituting themselves in order to survive, and on top of that, girls are denied the right to attend school.
12: December 5, 2011: Ashura
13: Today, I went with my host family to a demonstration down at the Town Square in Kabul. An innumerable amount of Shia Muslims were there to commemorate the death of Hussein a relative of the Prophet, Muhammad. On this day, the people flooded the streets adorned in all black apparel, chanting. This was a highly emotional day. Some men, young especially renacted Hussein's martyrdom by cutting their facing with different weapons. This act is referred to as, "Blood-Letting" because blood streams across their faces and allover their bodies. I learned that the significance of the Ashura differs for the Sunni Muslims. They celebrated this day because on this day God delivered Moses from Pharoah.