Afghanistan today


 

Many Danes primarily think of Afghanistan as a dusty battlefield where Danish soldiers have risked their lives fighting the Taliban.

We want to show that Afghanistan today is much more than that. We want to give voice to the Afghans and look at their society from their own perspective. Life continues in Afghanistan in spite of challenges, and many succeed in creating a meaningsful existence out of a chaotic everyday life.

Kabul youngsters on top of the world. Photo: Lars Schmidt

Cool Kabul youngsters. Photo: Lars Schmidt

That you can read about in the articles Life in the countryside and Life in the city. You can also get a glimpse of the lives of women or read about the fragile democratic development.

Many years of war and conflict have caused great havoc in Afghanistan, but the rebuilding is in full swing. Afghanistan still faces big challenges, however; not least the enormous opium business is destabilising the society.

We hope you will enjoy exploring the site.

Many children have to work to contribute to the family income, often as street vendors. This girl can earn between 5 and 15 Danish kroner a day selling chewing gum. Photo: Lars Schmidt, 2010-13

Many children have to work to contribute to the family income, often as street vendors. This girl sells chewing gum. Photo: Lars Schmidt, 2010-13

 

Afghanistan – a different view

Afghanistan is a country full of contrasts and the gap between rich and poor is huge.

As the gallery beneath shows, the contrasts are amply visible in Kabul, where mud huts and large modern mansions of glass and steel can be found side by side. Where you find women wearing burqas and business men in suits, horse-drawn carriages and big SUVs, the traditional and the modern in combination.

All photos in the gallery have been taken by photographer Lars Schmidt between 2010 and 2013.