Afghanistan, April 2011

The average life expectancy in Afghanistan is only 45 years. In this country, the world's second largest infant mortality rate. Only 12% of Afghan women are literate. Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium. The country was occupied by foreign military for ten years, before that there were long years of Taliban rule, then years of civil war, then years of Soviet military occupation. Widespread corruption overshadows hopes for the near future. The death of Osama bin Laden makes unclear the prospect of a further American presence in this country. We bring to your attention another collection of photos from Afghanistan for the month. You will see the US military, civilian violence victims, and pictures of everyday life in a country whose population is just under 30 million.

1. Afghan and children gathered around a campfire on a hillside in Kabul on April 7.

2. An Afghan girl juggles tennis balls during World Circus Day, organized by the Children's Educational Circus of Afghanistan and the Mobile Circus in Kabul on April 16.

3. An Afghan girl demonstrates martial arts with a sword at a wushu club in Injil, Herat province, west of Kabul, April 6.

4. Anoushe (left) and Paris look at a semiprecious stone cut in their workshop “Bagh e Zananeh” ”(“ Women's Garden ”) in Kabul on April 26. Twelve students attend this jewelry workshop, and around 700 women attend other classes organized by the Garden of Women daily.

5. An Afghan student from a military institute during a class conducted by American teachers at the Davoud Khan 23 Military Hospital in April in Kabul. American doctors came to Afghanistan to train 600 people of medical students.

6. Abida, 25 years old, hit by a mine explosion, who works at the orthopedic rehabilitation center of the International Committee of the Red Cross, poses for a photo at her workplace in Kabul on March 19. The center, which is managed mainly by disabled people, sets itself the task of training and rehabilitating victims of anti-personnel mine and other disabled persons explosions, and helping them to effectively integrate into society.

7. An Afghan refugee girl is waiting for a truck before leaving Afghanistan at a repatriate camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 19. A total of 1 757 Afghan refugees were repatriated in March during a voluntary repatriation program.

8. A young Afghan girl near her home in the town of Musa-Kala in Helmand province 9 April.

9. Afghan children on the playground in Kabul on April 17.

10. Afghan soldiers and local children are bathing in a canal near the Nolen military center in the Arghandab valley north of Kandahar, 13 April.

11. A boy watches as a US Army patrol passes by Manly’s fortifications in the Arghandab Valley, north of Kandahar, April 12.

12. The owner of a tea-house in Afghanistan is yawning, waiting for visitors at the 17 booth in April.

13. An Afghan soldier prepares to hand out kebabs to US Army soldiers during a group lunch at Fort Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar on April 16.

14. An Afghan cooks traditional bread in the city of Musa Qala in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 9 April.

15. A man and a woman drive past the ruins of the royal palace of Darul Aman in Kabul on April 12.

16. Buzkashi game, the national sport in Afghanistan, on the estate of the first vice president Marshal Muhammad Qasim Fahim, in Kabul, 15 April.

17. Captain Elizabeth Jackson from the 3 Battalion of the Second US Naval Military Group watches an Afghan boy ride on a swing near the town of Musa Qala in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan on April 12.

18. US marines Andrew Balkunas (right) and William Klot (center), together with the Afghan National Police, talk to a village resident during a joint patrol in the village of Habibulla near Kanashin, Helmand Province, 24 April.

19. Headman of the village of Haji Amir Mohammad Aga gives a rose to US Army soldier Charlie Johnson during a visit of Afghan and American soldiers to Jelava in the Argandab valley north of Kandahar 18 April.

20. US Marine Soldier T.J. Ryle walks through an opium poppy field in the village of Maranjan in Helmand province 25 on April, during a joint patrol with his unit and the Afghan National Police. The war in Afghanistan continues for almost ten, and opium poppy is still one of the main crops for many farmers and a significant source of income for the Taliban.

21. A soldier of the US Army is on the water after a flood that occurred on the territory of Fort Terra Nova after heavy rains in the Arghandab valley, north of Kandahar 16 April.

22. Pilot of the US Army 1-214th Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Brigade aviation flees for shelter from a sandstorm at Dwyer camp in Helmand province on April 12.

23. A US Marine soldier refueling a medical evacuation helicopter at the Dwyer camp in Helmand province 5 April.

24. Said Sarwar (left) buys weapon Pakistan-made for the price of about 110 dollars to protect their family and home from the attack of drug addicts in the Gala Nau suburb in Kabul on April 12.

25. 25 April. An Afghan policeman is looking into a tunnel hole that leads to the main prison in Kandahar. The Taliban dug a tunnel longer than 1050 feet and helped more 450 prisoners escape, most of whom were Taliban.

26. An Afghan policeman leads a firefighter off a burning fuel tank for NATO troops on the Jalalabad-Kabul highway, east of Kabul, 27 April. The explosion of a bomb planted under a cistern, fortunately, was without casualties.

27. US Army Sergeant Jessie Rosenfeld, paramedic of the 52 Aviation Regiment from Fairbanks, Alaska April 25 is trying to save the life of an Afghan who blew off an improvised explosive device with both legs aboard a helicopter in the valley of the Argandab River in Kandahar Province.

28. A relative soothes a wounded child lying next to a wounded woman in a hospital in Ghazni, west of Kabul, April 21. Two Afghan men were killed and four more people - three women and a child - were injured when their truck hit a mine in the area of ​​Dikh Yak of Ghazni province.

29. Senior Sergeant Jeffrey Presley and the Afghan medical staff are taking out a 12-year-old boy from the April 23 hospital building in Qalat. The boy, together with a man and another boy, was taken to hospital after an explosion in the Mizan area.

30. A wounded Afghan man lies in a hospital bed after a protest in Charikar, north of Kabul, on April 18. Three people were killed and at least 25 was injured during protests over the detention of a priest by foreign troops in the northern province of Parwan.

31. US Army medic Richard Jarrett (right) and SPC crew chief Torrel Bryant from the 1-214 aviation regiment 101-I combat aviation brigade treat an Afghan policeman with a gunshot wound to the leg on board a helicopter in Helmand province 5 April.

32. Sergeant 1-grade Chester Mingldorf embraces his granddaughter, Ashlyn Kincaid and Sophia Rawlings (left) at Fort-Gordon 22 on April in Augusta, Georgia.

33. Nikolus Poulain, 5 years old, sits on his aunt Jennifer Poulen's lap, holding an American flag presented to him at the funeral of his father, National Guard soldier Dennis Poulin, at St. Ann's Cemetery in Cranston, 14 April. Poulain died on March 31 from injuries he received when his armored car had an accident in Afghanistan.

34. Priscilla Jones (right) and Jennifer Andersson, from the 159 Brigade of Combat Aviation in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, show their new stripes after the ceremony in honor of their first combat experience, on April XDUMX Kandahar airfield.

35. US soldiers from the 234 Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas, are going to Afghanistan on April 15.

36. The Marine Corps team carries the remains of Senior Sergeant Jason A. Rogers from Jackson, Mississippi, on arrival at the Dover 9 military base in April.
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  1. Dmitriy
    10 May 2011 13: 12
    Poor, poor Afghans, and such kind soft and fluffy Americans who bring peace and freedom to third world countries ..
    A tear passed, honestly honestly, children with bright blameless eyes, happy Americans with a sense of accomplishment returning to their homeland, harmless mujahideen :)

    The article is custom-made, its meaning is a little incomprehensible ... But still I will bring a drop of tar in all this molasses.
    It is no secret that Afghanistan is one of the main producers of opium and heroin. Since the start of the "anti-terrorist operation" of the United States in 2001, the production of drugs annually breaks previous records. For example, before the arrival of the pendos, in the 90s the volume of drug production was in the region of 3000-5000 tons, from 99 to 2001 the volume of production was reduced to 700-800 !!! tt per year, and after the arrival of the amerikosov the schedule for the production of dope steadily went up and already in 2005 amounted to 15000 tons annually.
    Moreover, at the open offer of our elite to burn all the fields to the goddamn grandmother (and this is simple, the fields of opium poppy are very clearly distinguishable from satellites, it is not difficult to draw up a detailed map), these burger-eaters said: What are you, what are you already poor Afghan there will be nothing for the people to eat, this is their main fucking income.
    It is worth noting that the drug transportation routes and the endpoints of the route also underwent changes with the release of the liberators, if earlier about 40% of traffic went through Russia through transit (10 of which settled in Russia), now 80% go (half already settles in Russia).
    Hmm ... and by the way about the birds, about 90% of the population of Afghanistan are hard on drugs of one kind or another ...
  2. mewmew
    20 May 2011 15: 24
    What organizations are involved in extreme tourism? I would like to know the detailed information. Let's say in the same Afghanistan.