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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
When I read both of the entries that Zohra jan posted recently, I thought about an Afghan-American woman I met briefly in Kabul when I was shooting the video in December. Her name is Masuda Anna Mohamadi, and like me her father decided after the fall of the Taliban to go back to Afghanistan (after years in the U.S.) and become a part of the interim government trying to reconstruct the country. Unlike me, however, Masuda decided to leave her American life and join her father in Kabul for a period of several months, teaching English to new civil servants in the Karzai administration. Just after she returned to D.C., as she was in the midst of making plans for her second trip to Afghanistan, her father was lost in the same plane crash that claimed Farhad's life. So far his body has not yet been found. A few weeks ago, the Washington Post published a series of excerpts from her journals and email messages to friends at home. The full text can be downloaded here and in the next two posts. (Note that each PDF file is one page of the text.) When I read her words and Zohra's, I thought that they reflected the incredibly delicate and difficult process that is the reconstruction of Afghanistan - a constant balancing act between refugees and returnees, desires and disappointments, danger and possibility.
Posted By: mariam   May 30th 2003, 2003 6:06 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.