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Confronting stereotypes

Confronting stereotypes

Zaman Amiri, aged 20, grew up in a traditional rural community in the remote district of Waras in Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan, an area also known as Hazarajat. Until his late teens, he had not travelled beyond the village where he’d been born, inhabited mainly by Hazaras like himself. “My world was our village .. read more

29
Jul
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A meal together

A meal together

It is difficult to overestimate just how important meals are for Afghans. Many foods and eating habits follow traditional practices, even in large cities where fast-food has become increasingly common, especially for the young. As well as a means of satisfying hunger, however, food is also an opportunity to get together. “Because we tend to .. read more

28
Jul
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A chat with an Ismaili friend

A chat with an Ismaili friend

Ipso’s ongoing work takes place in a number of areas of Afghanistan inhabited by members of the Ismaili community, a sect of the Shia faith who live primarily in parts of the central highlands and north-east of Afghanistan, where the majority of people adhere to mainstream Shiism or the Sunni faith. By contrast, the Wakhi .. read more

28
Jun
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Addressing prejudice through interaction: the Pashayi of Nangarhar

Addressing prejudice through interaction: the Pashayi of Nangarhar

The province of Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups. The population of the provincial capital of Jalalabad is made up of Pashtun, Tajik, Pashayi, Nuristani communities. The Pashayi, who number around 500,000 in the province, are thought to be descendants of an Indo-Aryan group who primarily inhabited remote .. read more

28
Jun
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Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz community in the Wakhan

Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz community in the Wakhan

Like other Afghans, the Kyrgyz community in the country, face a mix of advantages and challenges in their lives. On the positive side, this population of between 1,500 to 2,000 settled pastoralists in the Wakhan corridor have largely escaped the violence seen elsewhere. While they are Sunni Muslims, they have not experienced the discrimination faced .. read more

31
May
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Living together in Kandahar

Living together in Kandahar

Although the majority of the population of Kandahar belongs to the Sunni faith and identifies as Pashtun, there is also a significant number of Shia communities, most of whom live in or near the provincial capital city. These communities comprise various ethnic groups including the Qizilbash, Teimurian, Arab, Hazara and Baluch and are referred to .. read more

23
May
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Bridging the ethnic divide

Bridging the ethnic divide

Kapisa is a very diverse place, in social terms, but this does not always translate into recognition. While the province is home to Pashtun, Tajik, and Pashaie communities who often live side by side, their attitudes towards each other are at times negative. This is particularly evident in how Pashaie residents are sometimes treated. While .. read more

20
May
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Nomads: a changing way of life

Nomads: a changing way of life

Many Afghan “Kochyan” (nomads) inhabit tents made of bands woven from the wool of goats and sheep by women from these communities, who move every season between lowlands to high mountain pastures (or “Elbandans”) in search of fresh fodder for their flocks. To this day, it is common to see clusters of black tents across .. read more

09
May
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We are all Afghans – Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs

We are all Afghans – Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs

Early each morning, dozens of Hindus and Sikhs who live in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province head to the Daramsala (Sikh temple) to worship. Their prayers end with a wish for goodwill, peace and prosperity for all people. Dilip Sengh, a member of the Sikh community, explains: “‘Nanek nam chardi kala tere pari sarbat de .. read more

07
Apr
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Community interaction in Nangarhar

Community interaction in Nangarhar

To mark the start of the Persian new year and arrival of spring, people from different communities in  Khewa and Kama districts, in the north and northeast of Nangarhar province, came together to get to know each other better and foster trust. They visited each other’s areas and planted saplings to enhance the natural environment. .. read more

01
Apr
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