1: People live in homes made of clay and stone, giving little or no protection from war. | Afghanistan has been a country that has constantly been involved in heart aches of war.
2: Local Shops constantly have fresh produce such as meat and fresh fruits and vegetables.
3: Children are constantly roaming the streets at all hours of the day.
4: War damage and constant sand storms are a common thing to see daily.
5: Afghanistan families eat their meals on their floors with mats and a wide variety of foods
6: Children have begun to return to school and teachers are constantly bringing new students in off the streets.
7: Women are still constantly being mistreated and thought of as a minority in this country.
8: Dear mother, I had the pleasure of spending a day with a local family, and seeing what their daily lives are like. When I arrived at their home they welcomed me with smiles and opened arms. They offered me food and even allowed me to wear some of the native clothes. We then proceeded to go into town to visit some local produce shops. We first arrived at a young boy, no older than 13 or 14. He had already started to own his own shop and lived on his own. We then decided to go to the local meat shop. I couldn’t believe my eyes; they had all of the meats hanging outside on lines. Unheard of back home. That night they decided to have a celebration feast for the acceptance of myself in their home and lives. Sincerely, Your son Mark
9: Dear dad, I am writing to you from the base of one of the giant Buddha’s in the mountains of Afghanistan. These magnificent statues were destroyed by the Taliban and the remains are now a national landmark. A young man told me that these statues represent the people of Afghanistan. They have been through many wars and suffered many wounds and yet they still stand. These people still do need help, but in my mind they are strong and will outlast many other countries. Yours truly, Mark
10: Dear Grand mom, My travels to Afghanistan have been fun so far. The people and the landscape is not what I thought it would be. People are always interested in asking me questions about the United States. The views that I have seen of this country are beautiful. I have spent much of my time with different families and learning about their lives and culture. The people of Afghanistan cherish their countries history with great pride. Things are slowly getting better within the danger zones of this country, there is less gun fire around the suburban cities and I feel safe to walk the streets. I hope to hear from you soon, You’re Grandson Mark