posted on Mar, 8 2013 @ 01:12 PM
I truly feel for the people of Afghanistan. Their country has been absolutely obliterated..
A man in the 1960s left his job and home in Arizona and left to work in Kabul. He took his daughters and wife with him. Whilst he was there he took
photos. And the contrast from then and now is astonishing.. But not in a good way.
Before the U.S. invasion, before the Russian war, before the Marxist revolution, Afghanistan used to be a pretty nice place.
Amateur photographer, and college professor, Dr. William Podlich took a leave of absence from his job at Arizona State to work with UNESCO in
Kabul, bringing his wife and daughters with him.
On the left is a picture showing the photographer's daughter in a pleasant park. On the right is that same park 40 years later.
Girls and boys in western style universities and schools were encouraged to talk to each other freely.
Kids grew up in a safe environment, unafraid of extremist influence.
Elementary education, even out in the rural areas, was standard. Kids and citizens alike felt opportunity hinged on education.
Women weren't required to wear burqas, but some would still cover up by choice.
While urban Afghanistan became modern, rural Afghanistan contained these quaint scenes.
Afghanistan had a national identity, and national style, despite all the 'western' influence.
please visit the link for the full read and photos its worth it
Maybe one day Afghanistan can return to the way it was.. But for whatever reason I cannot see that happening in the near future..
Enjoy the photos peeps