Uncategorized

Light in the Darkness

Kabul has a long history, certainly longer than most. It’s geographic location has made it a favorable location for traders, emperors, and travelers, being that its along popular asian trade routes. As of 2015 the city has an estimated population of over 3.5 million, making it the 64th largest city in the world. All though it is favorably located, it also a host to a myriad of internal struggles. It’s rich history of over 3,500 years, and the recent removal of the Taliban has created a lot of restlessness and uncertainty. Changing the order of how things are can be difficult for everybody, especially the ones who have fallen from power. The Taliban’s fall from power and the late civil war from 1992 – 1996 has damaged the psyche of the city as well as the actual infrastructure of the city. The city is still damaged and in ruins in certain areas from the internal strife that has plagued the country.

The city that lay in rubble in areas of Kabul is evidence of the internal conflict and the horrendous past, and is why many seek to change the appearance of the city (city of light). However, giving the city a face lift does not remove the unrest that created the damage in the first place. Their is a lot of healing that needs to take place in Kabul, and in Afghanistan in general if the city is to regain the it glow it once had.

The city is host to very violent ideologies, that are rooted in fear and hate, and masked as spirituality. Belief is unfortunately one of the hardest things to change because it is not rooted in anything tangible. The only thing that is tangible that can allow us to communicate with our brothers and sisters who have reverted to violence, is focusing on feelings. Focusing on drowning out the negative feelings that captivate them with positive feelings. Spread positive feelings to all people, to show them what is true and right in the world. There is no denying that good feelings feel better than bad feelings. If they feel these good feelings in the darkness of their bad feelings then maybe they will return to helping their common man, and not hurting them.

16 Sep 2016

This is what goes on on

Kabul, Afghanistan

A place of beauty, yet death and fear. The state in which Afghanistan is in is both sad and scary. Recently, on Monday September 5, 2016, a suicide bombing in a residential area in Kabul, near the Afghan Defense Ministry, leaves 24 dead and over 90 wounded.

The Taliban recently claimed that there group carried out the harmful attack. They have been trying to remove or overthrow the government that is backed by the United States for more than a decade. They often target security forces in Afghanistan and injure or kill others in the process of their point.

The attack happened late Monday night. A car bomb explosion happened in a the residential neighborhood near the Ministry, immediately fired by gunfire. The gunfire continued on for some time. Again many were killed, and even more wounded.

The acts of violence make it hard to focus on anything else. When improvement and positive change is needed and the march forward to create this beneficial impact is faced with continuous acts of violence, it breaks down not only the community but those trying to engage in the change. How do you overcome these road blocks, these unnecessary obstacles? How do you begin to implement change to benefit the greater good?

Maybe we need to rethink it from the ‘war on violence’ to the ‘subject of change’. How to influence this change is what becomes the challenge, not how to war the violence. The war is what we seek to end. Met with war, nothing changes.

What are the deeper roots of where the violence comes from. Maybe this should be explored more, but not by reading the news anf engaging in the media that is fed to us. It must be deeply rooted and in a way we obviously do not understand. An understanding and a solution must be found.

 

 

08 Sep 2016

Water Management Gone Wrong

Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan, for those unaware. Kabul sits at an elevation of over 5800 feet, at the merging of three bodies of water. With Kabul’s population of about 4 million people, a very high percentage (70-80%) do not have access to clean drinking water. That is just Kabul alone. In Afghanistan, with a population of 30 million people, clean accessible water is a topic. Where it comes from and how much clean water is available, is a talked about amongst geologists, the people of the country, and those that understand the urgency.

When brought up, Afghanistan is thought of as the country of war and conflict. The war on water and the conflict of lack of it is not thought of. So what is going on and what actions is the afghan government taking to utilize whatever water resources are available?

Many of the current issues that Afghanistan face, specifically speaking of it’s water supply, are directly influenced by the wars that have continued on for decades. They have left the country harmed in many ways. Yet the wars are not the single source contributing to the water crisis.

(more…)

20 Jul 2016

Kabul Afghanistan

There is a lot to enjoy about Kabul, Afghanistan. Enjoy this short video while we elaborate on our projects throughout Kabul.

19 Jun 2016