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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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Challenging traditions with respect

Challenging traditions with respect

As in many other countries, the traditions that govern the lives of many communities in Afghanistan are discriminatory. Most traditional practices and beliefs are based on deeply-held views that merit re-examination to reflect the ideas and values of the new generation of Afghans. Fazila Noori, a 22-year-old from Herat province explains: “Discrimination is a negative .. read more

25
Mar
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Team sports: an example for Afghan nation-building?

Team sports: an example for Afghan nation-building?

Abolfazl Gholami, 16, is passionate about football that he’s been playing for many years. For him, it’s not just about physical wellbeing. “It gives meaning to my life, through the valuable friendships that I’ve made through playing football” he explains. Over the past two decades, there has been a surge in interest in sports, with .. read more

14
Mar
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Naan-o-Namak: sharing bread and salt

Naan-o-Namak: sharing bread and salt

Naan-o-namak shodan (literally in Persian, to share bread & salt) is an expression used by Afghans to describe having a meal. It is commonly used when strangers get to know each other by spending time together and sharing food. The value of befriending each other is evident in the experience of Karim, who around 20 .. read more

03
Mar
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Throwing wood – a tradition of early engagement among Afghans

Throwing wood – a tradition of early engagement among Afghans

In Badakhshan province, when a girl in one family and a boy in another family are born on the same day, the boy-child’s relatives might throw a log of wood into the compound of the house where the girl was born. The log represents a message of the girl’s family that the boys’ relatives wish .. read more

25
Feb
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Are interethnic marriages still a taboo for Afghans?

Are interethnic marriages still a taboo for Afghans?

Every morning she wakes up with her favorite Pashto good-morning greeting “sahar pakhair” and I respond in Dari “sobh bakhair” explains Said Noor Ahmad, who is 25 and a Pashtun from Herat province. Two years ago while a student, he met the love of his life Zahra, who is a Hazara. Afghanistan is a mosaic .. read more

18
Feb
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Nine cows and a new man

Nine cows and a new man

‘Nine cows and a new man’ (noh gaow wa mard naw in Persian) is a traditional expression for a newborn baby among families in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan, where it is believed that a girl-child is worth nine cows. The birth of a boy-child (mard naw), on the other hand, is believed to be a guarantee .. read more

16
Feb
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‘Eid Bowl (akhtarisa kassa)

‘Eid Bowl (akhtarisa kassa)

‘Eid bowl (or akhtarisa kassa in Pashtu) is a long-standing cultural tradition practiced by rural communities belonging to different ethnic groups in Kandahar province. On the first day of the ‘Eid festival, members of many rural households will embrace each other and prepare food at home that they bring in an Eid bowl to be .. read more

08
Feb
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Lets engage!

Lets engage!

There have always been concerns about the participation of youth in Afghan society given that Afghanistan holds one of the largest percentages of youth populations in the world, with a staggering 63% of the population being under the age of 25. “We are the majority but we have a little and inadequate share in society,” .. read more

24
Dec
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Making our lives better

Making our lives better

Zamzama is a young woman from Laghman province who recently finished school and volunteered for community work. She says: “I am very fortunate that my family has supported me in my studies, and I’m able to discuss my wishes and dreams for my life with them. Many Afghan girls do not have the opportunity to .. read more

09
Dec
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