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Stirred by the fact that news portrayals of the country's history didn't mesh with my own memories, I wanted to discover the truth.
A half-century ago, Afghan women pursued careers in medicine; men and women mingled casually at movie theaters and university campuses in Kabul; factories in the suburbs churned out textiles and other goods. There was a tradition of law and order, and a government capable of undertaking large national infrastructure projects, like building hydropower stations and roads, albeit with outside help. Ordinary people had a sense of hope, a belief that education could open opportunities for all, a conviction that a bright future lay ahead. All that has been destroyed by three decades of war, but it was real.
Originally posted by Dynamitrios
It wasnt called "Rio de Janeiro of the East" for no reason...