Kabul: A Day in the Life

by Nathan Hamm on 7/26/2010

Naheed Mustafa is a Canadian freelance broadcast and print journalist. She’s currently on a reporting trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan and will be posting dispatches from her trip.

It’s always nice to get away from work and walk around the city. My time ended up being short on this trip and I didn’t get a chance to leave Kabul except for a quick jaunt just north of the city for a day. I love the fact that people always have stories to tell; that kids – almost every kid – will say salaam when he or she passes you by; and I smile each time I see the giggling crowds of schoolgirls in white headscarves walking past my guesthouse four times a day.

This time though, people’s desperation was obvious. On previous trips, my friends would qualify their assessments of the situation in their country with phrases like “let’s see what happens” or “we hope it’ll get better.” There were no such qualifiers this time. For the first time I heard a good friend say he’s thinking about leaving Afghanistan – something he vowed he’d never do.

But despite the hardships and the very real threats, obviously people still enjoy life’s little pleasures. Here are some pictures from one of my days out and about, hope you enjoy them.


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