Yes, why on earth would anybody travel to Afghanistan? The most common question that I have been asked. Maybe because when we hear the word Afghanistan, some of the most common images that come to our mind are terrorists, bombs, guns, Taliban, and so on.
And based on the news that we read and watch about Afghanistan, we often associate Afghanistan with terrorists.
But if I may apply that same logic of tagging someone based on the news that I watch and read, then can I associate India with rapists? Seems unfair, right? Because we know there is much more to India than what is being shown in those news. And that is where this quote stands so true:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
We hardly ever wondered if there is a different side to Afghanistan than what is projected in those news.
Behind those images of war and terrorists that we usually associate with Afghanistan, we often forget the people of Afghanistan. The people who lived under one of the most brutal regimes of modern history- the Taliban. A regime that took Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. I always used to wonder how their lives must have been. And even after Taliban, life in Afghanistan is very unpredictable. Surviving each day here must be like an accomplishment for these people. It is just the thought of meeting these people who survived almost three decades of war and listening to their stories used to set my pulse racing and I kept wishing that one day I will travel to Afghanistan. It has been my dream for quite a long time and I knew that this is one experience that I will never forget in my life and that itself is one good enough reason to visit any place even with all the risks attached.