November 28, 2014

Afghanistan by Donkey

Anna Badkhen’s extraordinary account of a year in northern Afghanistan is a travel guide to a conflict that has raged for the last decade, with little end in sight.

Over the course of a year, war correspondent Badkhen chose to embed with civilians in the remote villages and hamlets of the Afghan north, returning again and again by foot, by taxi and even by donkey. It’s a place so remote that even the death of Osama bin Laden barely registers, where war is taken as a fact of life alongside rituals of mourning and of celebration.

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