In Photos: Afghanistan in the 1960s: When there was life

Rania Refaee, Thursday 19 Aug 2021

The people of Afghanistan have met the worst fate a nation can meet

Afghanistan in the 1960s
All photos courtesy of Rania Refaee

Once upon a time, there was a safe Afghanistan. Following a series of atrocious events, it turned into a black hole on the map; the worst fate a nation can meet.

A long, dark night has fallen on Afghanistan, killing all hope of a promising dawn after the country has fallen into the bloody hands of the Taliban.

The picture was not gloomy 60 years ago. As the photos show, life was normal before the nightmare began. People had led ordinary lives. Women wore colourful dresses and their faces were not a taboo hiding shamefully behind the Shadour.

Afghanistan before Taliban

Afghanistan before Taliban

There were music lessons, cars of all brands... There was life.

Students walked to school fearlessly. In their worst nightmares they could not have possibly imagined a story as horrific as Malala's.

They cheerfully baked desserts so sweet, but alas, their grandsons would not know such simple pleasures.

Today, the people of Afghanistan long for nothing more than a time machine to take them back to when there was life.'

Afghanistan before Taliban

Afghanistan before Taliban

Afghanistan before Taliban

Afghanistan before Taliban
Afghan Men on top of trucks.

Afghanistan before Taliban

Afghanistan before Taliban

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