By Peter Eichstaedt
After spending 2004 in Afghanistan operating for the nonprofit Institute for conflict and Peace Reporting and aiding construct Afghanistan's first self sufficient information organization, Eichstaedt back to Kabul in 2010. Exposing himself to grave hazards, Eichstaedt crisscrossed the rustic to interview an astounding array of Afghans. Readers locate emotional observation from a former warlord; blunt speak from a Taliban pass judgement on; harrowing tales of abuse from teen-age sufferers of self-immolation; the industrial realities of poppy growers; daring and brave speak from ladies parliamentarians; heart-rending tales of kid suicide bombers; laments of a besieged video shop proprietor; condemnation of the Western international via anxious mullahs; and motives of old Afghanistan by way of determined archaeologists.
Eichstaedt unearths the reality at the back of the calculated rhetoric of warfare, politics, and international relations, and indicates a course ahead towards a sustainable destiny for Afghanistan and southern Asia.
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He traveled around the country a lot, and this meant he moved through Taliban towns and territory. With an inked finger, he risked losing it or even his life, since the Taliban routinely sliced off fingers of those they found who had voted. If he voted, Rahim said, he couldn’t travel until the ink stain was gone, and no travel meant no business or income. The irony of the ink stain was that the Afghan election commission, backed by UN officials, just days earlier had announced that it had “high-quality” ink that couldn’t be washed off easily.
1947- Above the din of war : Afghans speak about their lives, their country, and their future—and why America should listen / Peter Eichstaedt. pages cm Includes index. ISBN 978-1-61374-515-1 1. Postwar reconstruction—Afghanistan—Public opinion. 2. Afghanistan—Politics and government—2001—Public opinion. 3. Afghanistan—Social conditions—21st century—Public opinion. 4. Public opinion—Afghanistan. I. Title. 104’71—dc23 2012045820 Interior design: Jonathan Hahn Map design: Chris Erichsen Photos: © Peter Eichstaedt Printed in the United States of America 5 4 3 2 1 What is life, but to drink of the blood of the heart?
I asked. “Everyone has their own mind and their own choice,” he said. Next door to the carpenter was a small pharmacy owned by Gulam Hussein, a portly man wearing a popular lambskin cap called a karakul. It was cool and quiet inside, and he gestured to the many plastic vials and boxes that filled the shelves behind him and below his glass countertop. ” I said no and waved good-bye. As I monitored the election results during the following days, it was obvious that the problems I’d witnessed were relatively mild.