A writer on Sufi Islamic philosophy, he would tell tales that centered around the beautiful orchards and fountains of Paghman, just outside the capital, where my family is from and to which I longed to return. Other stories featured my great-great-great grandfather Jan Fishan Khan, a warlord who sang fragments of a wild Afghan song, dating to the British invasion of the late s: Attacking Kabul is my job! But it was literature and legend that prompted me to begin traveling to Afghanistan 20 years ago — first as a freelance journalist, then as a documentary filmmaker. It was my father’s stories that allowed me to see the beauty of a place that was even then descending into anarchy. Any introduction to Afghan culture should, of course, start at the top — with the giant of Persian literature, the Sufi philosopher Jalaluddin Rumi, who hailed from Balkh, which is today in northern Afghanistan, and whose great poetical work, ” The Masnavi, ” is still quoted verbatim by any Afghans you are likely to meet, be they bus drivers or university professors. But Afghan culture is hardly stuck in the 13th century. Since the overthrow of the Taliban in , the artistic energies the regime suppressed have exploded, sometimes in unexpected forms.
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Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson were the young Oxford graduates who built a theatre in this unofficial refugee and migrant camp in Calais. They called it the Good Chance — the term refugees use when feeling that the odds are favourable for them to make it across the Channel — and it became a symbol of hope. Now the pair make their playwriting debut with this remarkable work that pulls you into the life of the camp, charting its story from inception to final eviction.
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History[ edit ] Bacha bazi is a form of pederasty which has been prevalent in Central Asia since antiquity. Visiting Turkestan in to , Eugene Schuyler observed that, “here boys and youths specially trained take the place of the dancing-girls of other countries. The moral tone of the society of Central Asia is scarcely improved by the change”.
His opinion was that the dances “were by no means indecent, though they were often very lascivious. Portrait of Dancing bacha child. Painting by Vasily Vereshchagin These “batchas”, or dancing-boys, are a recognised institution throughout the whole of the settled portions of Central Asia, though they are most in vogue in Bokhara and the neighbouring Samarkand. In the khanate of Khokand public dances have for some years been forbidden – the formerly licentious Khan having of late put on a semblance of morality and severity In Tashkent batchas flourished until , when a severe epidemic of cholera influenced the Mullahs to declare that dancing was against the precepts of the Koran , and at the request of the leaders of the native population, the Russian authorities forbade public dances during that summer.
Schuyler remarked that the ban had barely lasted a year, so enthusiastic were the Sarts for a bazem “dance”. He further describes the respect and affection the dancers often received: These batchas are as much respected as the greatest singers and artistes are with us. Every movement they make is followed and applauded, and I have never seen such breathless interest as they excite, for the whole crowd seems to devour them with their eyes, while their hands beat time to every step.
If a batcha condescends to offer a man a bowl of tea, the recipient rises to take it with a profound obeisance, and returns the empty bowl in the same way, addressing him only as Taxir, ‘your Majesty’, or Kulluk ‘I am your slave’.
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The Market Berwick Street Market is one of London’s oldest markets dating back to It’s now a bustling foodie destination full of concept traders include Savage Salads and Jerusalem Falafel, all sitting alongside traditional fruit and vegetable and florist stalls.
Yet Cpl Hartley is dismissive, memories of his illustrious career scarred by what happened that day. Based on accounts from those caught up in the incident, the film is blunt in its honesty and brutality. Now the British combat mission to Afghanistan has ended, after 13 years, he hopes the film will stand as testimony to their sacrifice.
We are telling it as it was. At that time, 3 Para faced what General Sir David Richards, then a senior commander in Afghanistan, described as the most intense fighting since the Korean War. The events that unfolded that day, however, were beyond what anyone was prepared for. From his hill-top observation post above the Kajaki Dam, Sniper Lance Corporal Stuart Hale had spotted a suspected Taliban road block and decided to investigate. As he tried to cross a dry riverbed, he stepped on a landmine, which ripped off his leg.
Share via Email When I first moved to London , I found it intriguing that it was actually possible to speak Farsi there. I stayed in Hyde Park, and around my hotel there were numerous Iranian restaurants. Walking on London’s streets, one could easily find people who spoke Farsi. So it didn’t take me long to meet many fellow Afghans, and be introduced to their restaurants, eateries and associations. In general one is not allowed to drink alcohol in Afghan restaurants.
A while back, I warned about a common online dating scam involving an Iraqi soldier. The scammer pretended to be an American soldier serving in Afghanistan. It always pains me to see women and men fall for these scams. You can read the rest of the article about this latest scam victim here. This post has been gathering quite a lot of very useful comments from women who have either been victims of similar fraud or have been contacted by scammers.
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Historical migration[ edit ] The first Afghan immigrants to the British capital were students, businesspeople and Afghan government officials. It wasn’t until years later that significant numbers came in the form of refugees. The number skyrocketed later that decade due to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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Karzai, who arrived in London late Monday for a two-day visit, is expected to discuss issues including the planned transition of security responsibility from international troops to their Afghan counterparts in Later Tuesday, Karzai will inaugurate a major exhibition of Afghan artefacts at the British Museum, which is due to open to the public two days later. Cameron said last year that all British combat troops will be out of Afghanistan before the end of More than British troops have died in Afghanistan since , when the Taliban were ousted from power by a US-led invasion.
Many of the artefacts at the British Museum exhibition have been saved from several decades of civil war and Taliban rule, which saw important parts of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage destroyed.
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Can You Spot the Scammer? Military romance scams are used to con women out of thousands. Vicki Each week, I get letters by email, on my website, by Twitter and on Facebook from women who are sending money to Africa and Afghanistan to help service members come home. This is a scam!! These are not men who are in the United States military. They are scam artists preying on desperate women. Can you spot the signs of a military dating scammer?
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