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An Afghan Journey
Author: Roger Willemsen

ISBN: 9781906598006
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 17 August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 19.0 x 2.0
Not long after the fall of the Taliban, the German broadcaster and writer Roger Willemsen accompanied a friend on her return to Afghanistan after decades in exile. On his journey around this ancient country, he saw evidence of the damage done by 25 years of war, but also fragile signs of recovery: children flying kites again after the Taliban had banned all games,a cinema in Kunduz attempting to put on a free show for women, and girls able to go to school again, and even play in a football team. At a time when the situation in Afghanistan has become overshadowed by Iraq in the Western media, this book gives an insight into the lives of Afghans themselves ? the cinema owners and women teachers in the cities, the nomads in the countryside, and the returning exiles. The author also speaks to a former prisoner of the Americans at Bagram,where conditions are said to be worse even than Guantanamo Bay, and to a young man who has been fighting in the war against the Taliban in the south of the country. ?Afghans don?t shake your hand . . .Instead they clasp your hand with both of their hands . . . Then they let it go and put their own right hand on their heart, so that you know tha...

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