Photos Of Afghanistan Before The Wars
21. Afghan workers make a street repair in Kabul.
22. An Afghan Army parade through Kabul. Nationalism grew, as people identified with the nation rather than with tribes.
23. Afghanistan had a modern military since reforms by King Amanullah Khan in the 1920s.
24. New Year’s Celebration.
25. Carving detail on an arch.
26. A mosque building stands west to the mausoleum of King Abdul Rahman — in the present Zarnigar Park, center of Kabul — which was the Bostan Serai built by King Habibullah (son of King Abdul Rahman). Today is stands as a store room for the Department of Preservation of Monuments, Ministry of Culture.
27. Students at the Higher Teachers College of Kabul. Women weren’t required to wear burqas, but some would still cover up by choice.
28. Kids grew up in a safe environment, unafraid of extremist influence.
29. The schools were co-educational.
30. Shopping for scarves.
31. An Afghan boy decorates cakes.
32. Young men cooking kebabs.
33. Men and boys washing and swimming in the Kabul River. There was much western influence in the newer homes and businesses.
34. Afternoon Shade.
35. A Buddha statue in Bamiyan Valley- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
36. Bamiyan Valley.
37. Dr. Bill Podlich on a hillside in Kabul.
38. Western cars.
39. There were also a Girl and Boy Scouts of Afghanistan.
40. Busy street.
41. Street sale.
42. Following World War II, which Afghanistan stayed out of, the Soviets and Americans competed for rights to build Afghan roadways.
43. Flying Kites by the Victory Arch.
44. Laundry Day.
45. Street Cafe.