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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
The women making aushak in these video stills are my great-aunt Simin and my cousin Lamia, the only two women of my family who remained in Afghanistan throughout the civil war period -- and not coincidentally, the only two women of my family who have ever worn the burka. Throughout this time, Simin took over the management of all the family land in Surkhau (in the mountains south of Kabul), maintaining the clan's claim to the property, overseeing rent and sharecropping agreements with the local families, and traveling there from the city whenever necessary despite the inherent dangers of the journey (the family compound was leveled by bombs and a vast orchard destroyed by fighting during this period) -- all of which she still does today. Lamia grew up in an Afghanistan that would have been unrecognizable to her mother, who died early on in her childhood, leaving her to be raised by Simin, her eldest sister, and Simin's husband, Dr. Ludin. Although her twenties were spent in the confinement enforced first by fear of the lawlessness reigning on the civil-war-era streets, then by the religious edicts of the Taliban, she now roams the city of Kabul as a journalist conducting interviews and researching stories in the marketplaces, homes and offices of its citizens.
Posted By: mariam   September 30th 2003, 2003 12:23 AM
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.