Hi :) I’m originally from Afghanistan but have been away from the country for most of my life. Growing up away from Afghanistan, all I knew of the place was my parents’ memories and what I saw on TV. Even though I had a different vision of Afghanistan through my parents’ memories, the images of the country that were engraved in my mind were that shown by the media - war, terror and poverty. I came across a photo essay from Boston’s The Big Picture on Afghan’s and their daily life. I was so taken aback by the images… I saw beauty, I saw livelihood, I saw a place that was so hidden and blanketed by war that even I, as an Afghan, didn’t have a sense of its reality. I knew then that more people had to see this side of the country, that no amount of struggle, war and poverty should cover the humanness that exists in our societies.
So that’s pretty much why I decided to make a page and dedicate it to show a positive side of the country. Not to be blinded to the realities of the struggles that Afghanistan and her people go through but to shift the focus and spread images of everyday Afghans and the beauty of Afghanistan and by doing so, bring hope for a better Afghanistan in peoples’ minds and hearts.