The family of Diliwar talk about his death while in US military custody at their home in the the town of Yakubi in the district of Khost, Afghanistan May 2, 2005. The 22-year-old farmer and part-time taxi driver died in December 2002 while being held in the main United States air base at Bagram, north of Kabul. His death was ruled a homicide by the Army medical examiner.
Afghanistan has been called the land of 30,000 villages. What is remarkable is that every one of them is unique. The dramatic variations in power, ethnic, tribal, religious, and family dynamics from one village to the next are what make the country both endlessly fascinating and vexing to foreigners attempting to intervene here. It is why no strategy, whether military or political, can be applied uniformly, with success, on a national scale: why the effectiveness of foreign intervention — whether by militaries or civilian aid and development groups — can differ so markedly from one area to the next. Eleven years into the war, NATO’s best and brightest are still struggling to understand the myriad complex forces influencing stability and its collapse on the village level. Why do some communities embrace the Taliban, while other rise against them? Why do some welcome the government, while others eschew it? “A Village” explores several sides of one of these 30,000 self-contained worlds that together make up Afghanistan.
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