When you think of Afghanistan, what comes to mind? American troops, explosions, mass exodus of people seeking refuge , fear and terror. It is a country we have heard SO MUCH about and yet know SO LITTLE about. What is Afghanistan REALLY like?
Our Health lecturer in class today was going through pictures of his trip there a few weeks ago, where he was sent to evaluate Water and Sanitation Hygiene in the mountainous North Eastern districts. In between photos of latrines (both inside!!! and out) and methods of hygiene promotion, were striking images of the Afghan landscape that blew me away. Snow capped peaks, vast rolling green hills, smiling locals going about their everyday lives.
One inquisitive class member enquired about a photo of some men in turbans,
“Were they Taliban?”,
to which our lecturer laughed, and snorted as he always does (it’s endearing really!) and reassured us that,
“No, they are just ordinary villagers”.
Villages whom he had consulted with over hygiene levels within their community. You see, basic measures to prevent against the spread of disease, such as washing hands can be difficult in a community where there is little to no access of running water.
Anyway, I came home from college only to come across this stunningly beautiful video of the Wonder that is Afghanistan on a friends facebook page and thought I simply had to share! Enjoy!