These are the leaders of Afghan society. These elders represent the heads of groups in Arghandab District and are beneficiaries of US largesse. We have to win their hearts and minds... and we do it with free fruit trees.
Photo credit: Will Everett, AVIPA-Plus Project, USAID
AFGHANISTAN - SHURA IN THE ARGHANDAB August 7th 2010 The shura or meeting is a fundamental part of community life in Afghanistan. In some sense it's democratic. The tribal elders come together to discuss and listen to what their senior members or representatives of the government are saying. In these days the shura is usually attended by members of the ISAF-NATO forces and civilans from USAID.
This shura was to discuss a fruit tree sapling planti ... read more
Asia » Afghanistan » South » Kandahar Afghanistan's recent history is a story of war and civil unrest. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979, but was forced to withdraw 10 years later by anti-Communist mujahidin forces. The Communist regime in Kabul collapsed in 1992. Fighting that subsequent... ... read more
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