Back in 2007, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich started a revolution in Afghanistan. Roaming the streets with his skateboard, he immediately attracted the attention of children, most of whom spent their time begging on the streets. That’s when he got the idea for his award-winning NGO: ‘Skateistan’.
6-year-old Darren of Clarksville, Tennessee wants you to leave your porch light on so that his dad would know that his love for him can light up the entire sky at night. On September 26 last year, Darren’s dad – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore, Jr. – was killed in action in Afghanistan. He had often told Darren, ‘I love you to the moon and back.’
Using skateboards as a ‘tool for empowering youth,’ Skateistan is not your ordinary non-profit program in Afghanistan. For starters, Skateistan works with kids aged 5 to 18, focusing especially on girls and working children to give them better opportunities in education, leadership and friendship.
A genius design by Peter Muckle and British charity HealthProm now eases the burden on women about to give birth in remote areas of Afghanistan. It’s an inflatable donkey saddle that was crated with an inflatable camping cushion, an armrest from an airbed and part of an inflatable pool lounger. Dr. Azada Parsa, the project […]
The mystery of the dancing light in Afghan skies remains unsolved. First noticed to form around helicopter blades when the atmosphere was particularly dusty, the lights are most likely formed by some sort of friction between the helicopter blades and the minerals in the dust.
Artist Aman Mojadidi, who grew up as a American citizen of Afghan heritage, taps on the seemingly rich contradictions in his identity to probe the ‘geography of self’. There’s parodic genius of both cultures in his works, from his Jihadi Gangster persona who runs for Parliament in Afghanistan, to parading conflict chic in the form of conflict zone fashion like bullet-proof vests lined with Afghan fox fur. Mojadidi recently gave a brilliant TED talk which offers more insight into his method.
It’s summer, everyone else around me seems to be on holiday, and I spend most of my day sitting in the office filling in for the rest of the world. At least, that’s how it feels to me at the moment. A welcome distraction and source of inspiration is this Facebook page and Tumblr blog I recently discovered. Afghanistan in Photos does both: the photos please the artistic eye and they invite the viewer on a virtual trip to a distant land filled with beautiful people and outstanding landscapes. Hurray for virtual traveling like that.
The Los Angeles musician, Ariana Delawari — aka Lion of Panjshir — is half Afghan and half Sicilian and makes wonderfully enlightened weirdo folk rock. I hope she takes that as a compliment! Her music is delicate and powerful and she is a pure artist. Everything she does has that magic light in it. She […]
Afghanistan has always been famous for rugs. The impact of several decades of political turmoil has left its mark on this national art. However, Turkmen weavers have been weaving what are known as ‘war rugs‘ that depict weapons, military vehicles, and even the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Notice the dove in the center, indicating […]