Afghanistan, October 4, 2004.
“It is very difficult for me to choose one single image among the thousands I took during the time I spent on assignment in Afghanistan. I don’t really know whether this photograph represents what is currently happening in Afghanistan—in fact I don’t think one single image would be able to describe the complexity of the current situation in Afghanistan.
However I have chosen this photo because it shows something beyond a group of girls watching U.N. workers unloading ballot kits from an helicopter to hold its first direct presidential vote in their remote village. What this photo shows is part of an Afghan generation still free of repression imposed by Taliban rule. You can see how calmly and naturally they react in front of the camera, they don’t flee in fear covering themselves with their veils like girls and women do in other part of the country, they don’t run away from the foreigner photographer—on the contrary, they are absorbed by what is happening in front of them. In spite of living in very poor conditions in an remote village, without running water and electricity, those beautiful girls are relatively fortunate—precisely due to their isolation—compared to most women in the rest of the violence torn Afghanistan.”
[Credit : Emilio Morenatti]
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