A beautiful image of resilience despite decades of war and years of drought: a green, tended and elaborate garden. Rory Stewart is humbled by this and other signs of precious normality.

‘Despite twenty-four years of war and four years of drought, the grass was green and mown. I still expected Afghanistan to look like an apocalyptic wasteland, with untended fields and a shattered society held to ransom by the dangerous and the traumatized. I had not anticipated the smiling warmth of the bazaar or the peace and beauty of this elaborate garden, on the edge of the gravel sands.’


Source: Rory Stewart, The Places in Between (London: Picador, 2014), p. 41

Photo credit: Iman Soleimany Zadeh at unsplash


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