By Peter Eichstaedt
What will ensue while overseas forces ultimately vacate Afghanistan? the reply to that question is unknown, but when there's any desire for Afghanistan, veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt asserts, it truly is with its people.
After spending 2004 in Afghanistan operating for the nonprofit Institute for conflict and Peace Reporting and assisting construct Afghanistan's first self sustaining information service provider, Eichstaedt back to Kabul in 2010. As he labored with Afghan newshounds to rfile their heritage and collective struggles, he learned that even if Kabul itself seemed wiped clean up, with freshly paved roads, the optimism of the newly liberated capital had light lower than the increase of the Taliban insurgency. Eichstaedt to that end crisscrossed the rustic to interview an excellent array of Afghans. In Above the Din of War, he stocks those conversations, together with emotional and significant remark and reviews from a former warlord, a Taliban pass judgement on, sufferers of self-immolation, poppy...
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Extra info for Above the Din of War. Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future - and Why...
As Noori disappeared into a quiet corner to talk with the women, I turned toward the sound of shouting behind me, where half-a-dozen men had grabbed a teenage boy dressed in blousy black clothes. He had just voted and held up the tip of his ink-stained finger to prove it, glowering as sweat trickled down his temple. He was seventeen years old and took his voting card from his pocket, explaining that he had gotten it two years earlier when he was fifteen. The boy shrugged when told that the legal voting age was eighteen.
Next door was a bakery, a carpenter’s stall, and a pharmacy. Across the street was a wood lot surrounded by a high chain-link fence, where several men split and stacked dense, dark firewood for the coming winter. The open dirt area fronting the voting station was marked with yellow plastic tape, the kind used at a crime scene. It was prophetic. After receiving a cursory once-over from the police, two Afghan journalists and I stepped inside the tape boundary to join a dozen or so Afghans shouldering the hot sun as they waited in the dust and grit to vote.
The Taliban had a shadow government in each district and province in the country, including their own police, judiciary, governor, and department heads. As I traveled throughout Afghanistan over the course of the year, I would encounter this dark force at every turn. Afghans were turning to the Taliban out of necessity, not choice. The shadow Taliban leaders and commanders were the targets of routine night raids by US Special Forces, but like the mythological multiheaded Hydra, where one shadow commander was eliminated, more surfaced.
Above the Din of War. Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future - and Why... by Peter Eichstaedt