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Danger Zone – Kabul

British soldiers with NATO-led Resolute Support Mission forces arrive near the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 6, 2020. Gunmen in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul attacked a remembrance ceremony for a minority Shiite leader on Friday, wounding more than a dozen of people, officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Amazon Prime Video series Danger Zone in which journalist Arglit Boonyai goes to different hot spots in the world to give a first hand account of the situation there. First up he goes to Kabul, arguably the most dangerous place in the world even today. with Taliban controlling swathes of the country.

Afghanistan is a country with a rich history and past but all that changed with the then USSR invading it in 1979 and then continued one internecine war after another. US and NATO agreed to pull out their troops in their agreement post 2014, but there was one clause which allowed them to station one regiment permanently there, which has apparently riled the Taliban.

Boonyai covers politics as much as he is allowed to, speaks to one Taliban commander who says that they do not want even one soldier to remain in their country. Daily there are numerous suicide bomb attacks killing so many innocent people.

But some change is surely taking place. Boonyai did not talk to the Afghan cricket team, but they surely are doing a great job playing for their war ravaged country and winning occasionally. Still they cannot play their matches in Afghanistan and have to keep India as their home ground, but that sure is a success story. Then there are film makers and artists who are surely coming out of their shell. I recently saw one Afghan movie Osama, which was brilliantly made by Siddiq Barmak, you can read about it here https://vramonline.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/osama/

There is also one Afghan singer i have heard, she is quite good – Mozhdah Jamalzadah she sings quite beautifully.

Looks like a good series to watch. Hoping to catch up on the remaining danger zones and writing about it.

Picture taken from the internet and not with a view to violating copyright.

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Osama

What a powerhouse of an Afghani movie “Osama” made by Siddiq Barmak, tells the story of life under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. An unnamed young Afghan girl and her mother are caught in the maelstrom that is Taliban in Afghanistan. Under Taliban rule, women are not allowed to study or work and not even allowed to walk on the streets unaccompanied by a male relative. So when the hospital in which the Afghan girl’s mother closes under Taliban orders, she is left bereft of any income and the three of them i.e. the girl, her mother who is a doctor and her grandmother are left penniless. Till the grandmother decides to dress up the girl as a boy and send her to work. There is disgust everywhere among the Afghan residents but there is fear also of their harsh rule and retribution. The girl is named Osama by a street urchin who sees through her disguise and made to study in madraasa and perform ablutions. Till she gets caught. There is a heart rending and gut wrenching scene when the wailing girl is forced to hang from a well – it breaks the heart. In the end the film shows the mullah to whom the girl is forced to marry already has three wives and keeps all his wives under heavy lock and key. Brilliantly made movie by Barmak, it is a hard hitting commentary on the Taliban rule. The camera work is quite spectacular and Barmak has managed to extract maximum from all his performers and most of all from Marina Golbahari as Osama. It is both breath taking and brutal in its intensity. This movie was apparently made after the fall of the Taliban in 2003. 

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