The snow that fell last night has turned the unpaved streets of Karte Now into a sea of mud. The dirt contrasts with the cleanliness of the newly rebuilt houses. “Dostum and Hekmatyar destroyed everything,” recalls Mohamed Azimy, referring to the two warlords whose clashes in the first half of the 1990s devastated this neighborhood of Kabul. His father, Amin, a graphic arts specialist, had raised the family home where he lived with his wife and four children. Like the rest of the neighbors, the Azimy fled before the fighting. They rented a modest apartment in one of the Mikrorayon blocks and from there they witnessed the political collapse of their country. Until the day when the US bombings evicted the Taliban in late 2001.
The project “Afganistan: desde la linea de fuego” is published as the cover story of the Spanish magazine EL PAÍS SEMANAL.