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War correspondent Anna Badkhen returns to Northern Afghanistan in search of the friends she made in the early days of the occupation, back when it was the safest part of an unsafe land. Blighted, hopeless, still unspeakably beautiful but now overrun by the Taliban, the region is a different place entirely than the one she first encountered. Traveling from village to villagWar correspondent Anna Badkhen returns to Northern Afghanistan in search of the friends she made in the early days of the occupation, back when it was the safest part of an unsafe land. Blighted, hopeless, still unspeakably beautiful but now overrun by the Taliban, the region is a different place entirely than the one she first encountered. Traveling from village to village, she comes to understand what went so terribly wrong in the North—and, by extension, what is going so terribly wrong in Afghanistan in general. In her dispatches, which she calls “part diary entries, part love letters from a land that stole my heart,” she offers one of the most heartbreaking, lyrical portrayals ever of Afghanistan—and a powerful warning to those seeking to force the country into a bright new future.Format Note: Available for the first time as a collection, Badkhen’s dispatches span three weeks of daily coverage to create a short-form e-book....

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  • Tasmin
    2019-05-08 23:58

    Schockierend, kurzweilig, sprach- und bildgewaltig berichtet Anna Badkhen hier von der Lage in Afghanistan. Man mag kaum glauben, dass unsere Regierung der Meinung ist, Menschen dorthin auszuweisen.

  • Gerald Sinstadt
    2019-05-07 17:51

    Nine years on from a previous visit, the author returns to an area of northern Afghanistan to see if anything has changed. She finds a harsh and uncompromising stretch of territory from which the Taliban had been driven now anticipating its return. Criticism of the occupying western powers is explicit only here and there in this series of articles for a journal in the United States. It is not necessary. Dispatch after dispatch narrows the focus to a village, a family, a way of scraping an existence virtually unchanged over centuries. The prose is restrained but the message is powerful.Two women take six months to make a carpet. After a fraught journey by donkey and taxi, it reaches a merchant who buys it for $150, In Europe it will eventually sell for $5,000. A barren, insanitary refugee camp is inhabited by families lured back from exile in Pakistan. There is a school with no teachers, a clinic with no doctors and a playground with swings and slides. All paid for and built with US money. Where medicine is available, it is unaffordable. The infant mortality rate is appalling.Perhaps in the four or five years since these pieces were written and first published, things have improved. Probaby not.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-22 15:47

    This was a quick, interesting, enlightening read about how life has changed very little for many Afghans since 9/11. It's not that these poor villagers are anti-American, or pro-Taliban, but there are many factors influencing their loyalties ... top among them is just the basic need for food, shelter, medical care (and jobs would be nice). The Taliban, though vicious, took care of the poor. The current government does not. The Afghanis are not seeing any U.S. aid (or if any donations come through, they have nothing to do with food, shelter, medicine). Children work from age 7. There is a lot of civil unrest, with different clans battling one another, one winning one time, the other dominating the next. Vengeance is rampant and no one trusts their neighbors. The current police rob people. An honest police chief is paid $400 a month - and if there is an emergency from a village far away, he is responsible for paying for the gas to get there - and their gas is closer to $4 a gallon. It's difficult to see how things can get better for these people, but stories of survival and compassion are explored, giving the reader hope that Afghanistan and its people should not be forgotten.

  • Jon Stone
    2019-05-10 18:56

    A great piece describing how little things have changed in Afghanistan since the Taliban's uprising from a religious policing force. It doesn't outright argue that the Taliban started from noble cause, or that they did noble work, but they did much more for the general populace than the government had (or does for that matter) for quite some time. As with many things in life, a few spoil it for the rest, and those "radicals" were able to derail a system that worked for their culture. Geopolitics play heavy here if you read deep enough. Divisions grow...there is no room for political loyalties when you need food, water and somewhere to live. Which leads to the current state. Well worth the read.

  • Connie Faull
    2019-05-04 22:37

    Short story about a reporter who was embedded in Afghanistan in 2001 and returned 9 years later to find that the good will she saw from the Afghans in 2001 when the Taliban were defeated in Northern Afghanistan had been squandered by political indifference and incompetence.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-29 16:30

    Journalist Anna Badhken wrote a series of blog posts for Foreign Policy magazine in the summer of 2010 on a 21 day trip across Afghanistan; she intended to revisit the same cities and people she had originally encountered during her time in Afghanistan in late 2001, in the wake of the American invasion. This ebook is the compilation of her blog, which can still, I believe, be found online at, so you can always check it out for free over there. I picked up this book for context and background to help with a course I'm teaching in the spring about Afghanistan and Iraq; I wish it were in print, because I'd probably assign it. Badhken offers us a useful window into everyday life among rural villagers in Afghanistan. She relates how their lives have changed (or not!) over the last nine years without either becoming too maudlin or veering into a reflexive haranguing of American policies in the region. That said, it certainly does NOT paint a rosy picture of what the last decade has brought to the people of (mostly Northern) Afghanistan. Many of the stories are downright chilling, and some would be ridiculous if they weren't so sad (such as the lovely playground built by the UN in a tiny village that is losing its children at an alarming rate, thanks to no paved roads, zero access to regular medical care, and few job opportunities, or the story of the village that received a generator as part of reconstruction but cannot afford the gas required to run it). The Taliban is encroaching on these places and people, and through Badhken's pen, it's easy to see why: the occupation and reconstruction has failed, and the Taliban is seeping in to fill the gaps created by the combination of poor governance and corruption within the Karzai government, and well-intentioned but ultimately completely ineffective policies foisted on Afghanistan by the international community. A heartbreaking little look at what's very often overlooked in all the debates about Afghanistan - the actual citizens who live there. Well worth the hour or so it will take to read, and useful especially to everyday Americans, since we generally know very little about this country we've been occupying for almost a decade. There's no academic jargon, no complicated theory to contend with, and no policy debates to be found here. Just the bleak and beautiful landscape of the land and the people who live there.

  • Craig
    2019-05-14 17:54

    It is an excellent read (though short - 978 Kindle Locations). Pretty much apolitical, it will give you insight as to why simplified Western/American political solutions just don't seem to work in this poor and war-torn country.Insights are derived from the diverse Afghan people the author visits during her most recent trip to Afghanistan. She tells their stories in a travel-diaryish format. Some of the stories are funny (but mostly not), many are sad (heart-wretchingly "How can God let this happen!" sad), all are interesting; salted with historical background information (both recent and ancient) that at least partially explains how the life conditions of that story arose.I got it at a bargain price of $2.99. Buy it.

  • Danne Stayskal
    2019-05-13 23:39

    This is a very personal look at day-to-day life in central Aasia--life under constantly shifting geography and political allegiances. Oddly, it's also mostly a life outside of time: things happen the same way they have for hundreds and thousands of years. Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the culture of rural central Asia. The Pashtun and Uzbek are covered well here, though there are numerous cultural similarities between them and neighboring cultures.

  • Tommy Estlund
    2019-05-14 20:52

    This was an eye-opening look at life in Northern Afghanistan. The author, Anna Badkhen, has toured this land in 2001 and then revisited her territory in 2010 and writes of the changes that have taken hold. This is a fascinating look at a people largely unknown by myself, and I would wager, most Americans. I definitely recommend this quick, informative, and descriptive account.

  • Natalie James
    2019-05-10 20:38

    This is a very thought provoking journey into war torn Afghanistan. I was struck by the extreme poverty experienced by ordinary Afghanis and the distrust of anyone. This is a country with such a complex history that resolution of problems will never be easy due to the divisions in society. The lack of basic human rights is shocking. A very tough but good read.

  • Chris
    2019-05-18 17:33

    Light on the details, but I suppose that's expected from the size. I was interested in hearing more from her subjects, or even her driver and translator, rather than her melancholy take on northern Afghanistan's plight. A map would have been nice.

  • Chris
    2019-04-29 21:50

    Nice look into author's trip revisiting Afghanistan in 2010. Well written. Overall, there is nothing new in terms of facts in her reporting, but it's very interesting to read about her experiences from a travel perspective. It's a travel journal with background material to provide context.

  • John
    2019-05-02 23:36

    A well written three week diary of the author's return trip to Afghanistan after almost a decade. Nothing particularly interesting, or revealing: war not going well, Afghanistan is is rife with corruption, it sucks to be an Afghan in a war zone, refugees have it worse, etc.

  • Lauren Morris
    2019-04-29 20:58

    Painted a good picture of everyday life in Afghanistan and how challenging it is. The author is a journalist who travels back to Afghanistan to describe how much it has changed. Was impressed by the inside perspective of the families that live there and how they view their world.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-30 21:32

    heartbreaking; good reason to believe Afganistan is a lost cause

  • Sphinx Feathers
    2019-04-30 19:51

    Not bad. My only quibble is that it wasn't nearly long enough. Most of the metaphors were very good and the language was quite stylistic.

  • Kathleen Valentine
    2019-04-29 16:59

    Afghanistan ##readtheworld. This is a short book but every word counts.

  • Kate
    2019-04-20 23:45

    Stunningly beautiful account of villages and suffering and deprivation in the twenty first century.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-01 20:39

    Wonderful read - highly recommend as another insight to what's going on in Afghanistan, or why it's really not working.