- over the Khyber
Why I came to Afghanistan. How I came to Afghanistan. May
Rebuilding from rubble. May 2003
Where giant Buddhas once stood. May 2003
Sacred shrines - Ancient settlements. May 2003
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and Desires (November 23, 2004) by Sven
Islamabad to Peshawar to Kabul
(February 19, 2004)
I Try to Be a Refugee Advocate
(November 17, 2003)
I Wasn't Going to Afghanistan (November 11, 2003)
No sooner had the US begun its bombing
campaign in 2001 did I decide that sometime soon I'd make it to
Afghanistan. Not having the kind of funding needed to get in early
when the country was still at the forefront of the world's attention
my opportunity would have to wait until May 2003, more than eighteen
months after the world began to forget about Afghanistan.
Today it's once again a forgotten backwater.
The world's focus is now on Iraq, SARS, some kind of road map about
peace in the Middle East, and a host of other things that don't
involve Afghanistan. Apparently, if Afghanistan is going to get
some international attention it will cost the lives of a few ISAF
personnel to get it. That is very disturbing.
Promises of aid and security have been
made. Few have been kept. Violence is on the rise. Stability is
on the wane. Security is deteriorating. A handful of tourists have
trickled in, mostly Japanese, finding a war-torn country desperate
for normalcy and mostly quite welcoming to these few intrepid folks
that make the effort to visit.
The stories in this section chronicle
my brief visit which lasted from May 12 - May 24, 2003. The three
sections: Kabul, Bamiyan, and Mazar-e-Sharif chronicle my travels
to and around each of these places, while the Practical Matters
section provides some useful travel information.
Note: The stories and information in this section dates from May 2003 and some things may be different now.
for visiting Afghanistan
Is it safe? How about visas? Crossing the Khyber Pass? Getting around?
Links & resources
For more information, of course.