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Recent suicide Bombings happening in Afghanistan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra
2 people injured in suicide bombing

2 people injured in suicide bombing

What I don’t understand is why would someone attach a bomb to his chest and stand in a busy street and blow himself up. Take dozens of innocent lives, someone’s mother, someone’s father on purpose and not even by accident. Nothing is being done about it and no one is stopping it not even President Karzai. Doesn’t he have a responsibility? Shouldn’t he be the one protecting Afghanistan and looking after its people? This is madness! I think he should stop blaming the Talibans and find out who is actually responsible for all these killings taking place. He is getting too soft. A few days ago, in Kunduz province in Northern Afghanistan, a crowd of people were watching a game of buzkashi; it is a traditional Afghan sport, where players on horseback use a heavy headless goat carcass instead of a ball. A man attached with a bomb, came into the stadium, blew himself up and killed several innocent fans and injured dozens. I don’t see this happening in other countries as much as it happens in Afghanistan.

President Karzai

In Kabul, six suicide bombers attacked a building belonging to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in Kabul, injuring 17 people which is outrages and unacceptable.
In my opinion, only a sick person who is mentally ill is capable of doing something like this.

Recently I found out that not only men blow themselves up on the streets, women do these things as well. Shocking.. I would think a woman would act like a lady and not get involved in such things!

A group of suicide bombers, a female with a few males, drove a minibus carrying passengers and explosives, blew themselves up which killed about 9 people, including flight crew members contracted with the United States. What is this world coming too? Why are people so thirsty for human blood? I sometimes get the feeling that some people are just not happy living a peaceful life. They want to see people around them suffering and even dying.

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Afghanistan back in the days and how different it is now

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra
Beautiful Kabul around 1970

Kabul around 1970

King Mohammad Zahir Shah

  I looked through some old photographs which were taken in 1970s. I was amazed how different Afghanistan was then compared to how it is now. My country was a very modest place back then, majority of women didn’t wear headscarf, and they were all educated and stylish. They got married when they wanted, with whoever they wanted and even love marriage was acceptable then. There wasn’t any objection when it came to being treated equally with a man. Especially in Kabul, families were very open minded and the city was secured financially. This was when the Communist had power and King Mohammad Zahir Shah was the King at the time until he was brutally killed. He gave women freedom of speech and right to vote.

Ladies dressed modern

My mother always talks about the time she was young. She always says Afghanistan was a very peaceful and safe country. It had beautiful parks where every Friday she would go with my grandparents and have fun among themselves and with other families. She loved Fridays because they would do something fun on that day. My country had amazing tourist places and hotels. The life style was exactly the same as it is in Britain.

As soon as the war started with Russia, families become paranoid and insecure. Since then a lot of people died, a lot of kids lost their parents, their homes, left education and began working. I heard no one knew about drugs like heroin and crack before the war started. No one took drugs and now millions are drug addicts due to depression and it’s all because of the war. As soon as the war started, girls got married at the age of 12 to avoid kidnapping and rape. When I hear the stories, it makes me shiver. Most people hid at home, to hide from bombs and rockets. Just men went out, worked, earn money and their lives are in danger. However, I feel that the people are used to the war constantly taking place. I have heard and seen that they ignore it and get on with whatever they are doing. Some people find it something normal because they are used to the rockets and bombs taking place outside their yard. The war started before I was born and it is still on-going but with different countries and day by day the situation is getting worst. It is really upsetting, seeing my country falling apart and nothing is being done to prevent it from getting ruined even more. It just breaks my heart!

Women with her 2 daughters smoking opium

Women with her 2 daughters smoking opium

My visit to Kabul

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 5, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra
Map of Afghanistan

Map of Afghanistan

As soon as I stepped out of the plane, the strong sun was shining on my face, I felt sweat running down on the side of my cheek and the air smelt of heavy pollution. As the passengers went downstairs, they ran and sat on the floor, leaned down and kissed the dust. They had tears running down their cheeks and a smile on their lips. Later on when I asked my mother why people were kissing the floor, she said these people came Afghanistan after years and really missed it and wanted to show it by kissing the floor. It made them feel welcomed. I understood what she meant, I thought well I really missed my country but I was embarrassed to express my feelings in that way.

Kabul recently

It was extremely hot and sticky, the weather was around 45 degrees and I loved it because it isn’t like this in London. We only get hot weather sometimes, most of the time it’s either raining or it’s very windy and cold.

As soon as I stepped down the plane, I had to wear a long black scarf, cover my face and just show my eyes. My mum completely covered her face even her eyes weren’t showing and the reason for covering our face was because men looked and some even commented inappropriate words . The best way to avoid it is to cover up and not reveal anything and this is done by the majority of women. While being there, clothes I wear here I couldn’t wear over there because people dressed different there compared to here. I wasn’t allowed to wear my skinny jeans or tight dresses, and from here I brought clothes which were not fitted and were baggy to wear it there. I didn’t want to cover my face and I certainly didn’t want to wear baggy clothes but I had to follow the culture till I got back to London. If you dressed like people in Britain then some people would comment and say “oh she’s acting British already” and I thought I should blend in with them while I’m there.

A lady wearing a burqa to cover her face

 

As I looked around the place on my way home, I realised how much Kabul has changed. Majority of people are poor, families can’t afford to send their kids to school and the children have to beg instead of studying. Most houses were made of mud; some were on mountains and without electricity and water. I

Women begging on the street

thought to myself how did they carry water especially during winter but then later on i found out that some people with a bit of money had a donkey who would carry the water for them. Girls were uneducated, married in a young age, had to have lots of babies and serve her in laws for the rest of her live.
At that moment I felt grateful to live in a place like England where everything is available and easy to access. I can access water any time I want and my home is always warm during winter. I can study as much as I want. I have everything a girl my age in Afghanistan would die for.

child crying

An American Solider with a little child crying

Bacha Bazi

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 22, 2013 by Superstitious Homayra