Powered By Afghantricks. Pages Home. Balkh never fully recovered, and eventually faded into a village; the seat of government shifted to scruffy but vigorous Mazar-e-Sharif. What the visitor comes to see in Balkh is chiefly the melting walls of the old city, enclosing a vast field of rubble and wreckage; it is a place of memories rather than monuments.
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Diana Hashim Zada perches on a wooden bench next to a woman hard at work weaving a large Afghan rug on a vertical loom. Hashim Zada is the Afghanistan Director of Label Step , a nongovernmental organization based in Switzerland that works to improve wages of traditional carpet weavers in eight countries. Most Afghan women who weave carpets work in their own homes—and the isolation can have a myriad of social, psychological and physical repercussions. We wanted to get them out of their homes into an outside environment, so they could speak with each other, share their problems and partner with one another. Fortunately, in one of four weaving centers in Mazar-e-Sharif established by Label Step, women collaborate on designs and materials and divide the labor. Children too young to go to school play in the garden. Older children who arrive after school watch their mothers practice an old tradition that is passed along from each generation.
Meet Seniors From Mazar
Women in Mazar-e-Sharif have straddled the worlds between Western freedoms and conservative traditions for a decade. As the Taliban gains strength and the West pulls out, Afghanistan's most liberal city is being plagued by a rash of suicides. Fareba Gul decided to die in a burqa. She put on the traditional gown, which she usually didn't wear, and drove to the Blue Mosque.
The Breadwinner , also known as Parvana ,  is a children's novel by Deborah Ellis ,  first published in As of October , the English-language edition of the book has had a run of 39 editions. The title of the book refers to the role of the protagonist, year-old Parvana, who is forced by circumstances to be the breadwinner for her family in a war-torn Taliban-era in Afghanistan. For her research, the author spent several months interviewing women and girls in refugee camps in Pakistan, and used these interviews as the basis of her depiction of life in Afghanistan.