An Afghan woman who doesn't want to wear the burqa but is forced to. If God wanted women to live this way, all female babies would be born covered, not naked...
A displaced child in Kandahar. Innocence pays the highest price at the hands of intolerance...
A little Afghan boy trying to get a glimpse of his mum's face from underneath her veil. This boy demonstrates the natural and unadulterated instincts of any humanbeing...the need to look and the right to be seen...
The Maristou Red Cross Center for the mentally handicapped in Kandahar where Istmatullah has spent the last 30 years with his leg tethered by a chain at the ankle. Aren't the mentally-ill humans, humans too?
A hospital wall splattered and smeared in blood that blends in with hospital disinfectant or possibly paint from a 'diversion grenade' and religious inscriptions in Arabic in the room in the ward where six Arab fighters were killed in an attack directed by US Special Forces and led by Afghan soldiers at the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar. It's quite visible that every human's blood is red after all...
An Afghan woman driven to poverty as a result of war, sits by the roadside with her infant, as she begs for alms. A baby's life unravels in the streets of Kandahar...
Zarghona 15, lies in a Peshawar shelter, burned by her father-in-law,
who said she had not cleaned her husband's clothes properly. If women were objects of manipulation, then men must be manipulators...
An armed Mujahideen child holds an AK-47 assault rifle and is ready to fight. An exploited childhood with a bleak future. A Gun is what this child would replace Courage with...
This is an Afghan woman driven to prostitution as a result of war and poverty, with her only belongings wheeled around by her everywhere she goes. She lives in fear of being burnt to death by men (as many women have been before) as prostitution is a deadly sin/serious crime according to sectarian beliefs. Would strong beliefs of some people satiate her hunger?
Gulbibi Sale Mohammed 13, cuddles with the young son of a fellow resident inside a shelter run by Women Activities & Social Services in Afghanistan. Gulbibi was married as a prepubescent although she doesn't remember at what age, and was beaten extenisively by her brother while growing up. Does being a woman equate to a mistake?
Fragility of the mind that leads to manipulation of others, does not bring peace and happiness to anyone. Controlling others and living by violence depicts a very brittle mind. Strangely enough, the 'unbreakable' nature of such 'brittle' mindsets is what is hard to understand. How long, how much more, how many more, how far, how?
Your thoughts on this post will be greatly appreciated. Also, if you don't agree with anything I said here, please speak up. Thanks! Today's song is one of my fav Arabic songs (this video comes with English subs).
Current Music: Tamally Ma'ak by Amr Diab