The former first lady writes: “It is hard to find another country where women have made such substantial gains against such overwhelming odds in so short a time. In the United States, women won the right to vote in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1969 that nearly all of the elite Ivy League universities started admitting women. By 1961, only 20 women were serving in Congress. In the age of Twitter and Instagram, it can be hard to remember that real change takes time.”
Afghan children sell handicrafts to a NATO soldier
during a monthly bazaar at the International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) headquarters in Kabul, Jan. 5, 2013. Analysts have warned the
country could plunge into another large-scale civil war after the
NATO-led force departs by 2015.
Afghan internal refugee children work at a
traditional brick factory on the outskirts of Herat, Jan. 7, 2013. In
2012 alone, spreading conflict in Afghanistan has forced more than
166,000 Afghans to flee their homes, bringing the total number of people
internally displaced by conflict to at least 460,000 since the fall of
the Taliban in late 2001. Conditions for the displaced have fallen well
below international standards, according to a 2012 study by the
Norwegian Refugee council.
AFGHANISTAN. Kabul province. Kabul. November 13, 2016. Maimuna, an internally displaced Afghan, poses for a photograph at a temporary shelter.
According to the Government Media and Information Center, 95,000 Afghan families have been displaced over the last two months. The Taliban have never been as powerful and held as much territory since 2001.
Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistani children gather in a mud house that serves as a makeshift school to learn how to write the alphabet on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo Credit: AP)
The Nasaji Bagrami camp for internally displaced Afghans sits on the outskirts of Kabul, a vast expanse of crumbling mud structures with tarps and tent sheets for roofs. These structures look like ruins from hundreds of years ago, but they’re actually only about five years old.
About 360 families live here in absolutely primitive conditions: litter is strewn about, children wander around barefoot in the cold, barely clothed, yet still smiling and playing with each other.
AFGHANISTAN, Kabul : Internally displaced Afghan women line up to receive food relief aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kabul on January 13, 2015. The UN says about 782,000 people have been displaced by decades of conflict in Afghanistan.More than 130,000 individuals were recorded as newly displaced in 2014, the last year of NATO’s combat mission against the Taliban. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai
Unfortunate update on the location all these beautiful photos have taken place, by the photographer- Muhammed Muheisen. “Once
upon a time there used to be a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad,
Pakistan called locally the Afghan colony, which hosted internally
displaced Pakistanis from tribal areas and Afghan refugees, recently
this slum that I worked around for more than four years had been
demolished by the authorities being built on illegal lands.“
I will continue to post Muhammed’s photos from this slum.
AFGHANISTAN, Kabul : Internally displaced Afghan children look on beside the wall of a mud house in the outskirts of Kabul on November 22, 2014. Afghanistan’s economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of International assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah SHIRZADA
AFGHANISTAN, Herat : Internally displaced Afghan children sit with an elderly man outside a tent on the outskirts of Herat on May 12, 2014. The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country is currently estimated at some 600,000 and this figure may rise further in 2014, according to the UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2015. AFP PHOTO / AREF KARIMI