By Anna Badkhen
To many american citizens, 2011 was once the make-or-break yr in Afghanistan, a yr within which NATO someway used to be speculated to pave the way in which for American troops to finish what had develop into, a decade after the invasion, the longest overseas conflict in U.S. heritage. To so much Afghans, in whose land the USA used to be combating the warfare, 2011 used to be a yr of renewed violence and of renewed fatalism. yet eventually, it used to be greatly a yr like many sooner than it and doubtless many to come back: Of celebrations and toil, of kids born and death, a 12 months of drought and henna events, of worry and pleasure, of desolation and sweetness, of unnamable discomfort and incorrigible dignity. one other 12 months of life.
“If you can’t comprehend a rustic simply from the towns, you actually can’t comprehend a battle simply from analyzing in regards to the battles. A decade after the autumn of the Taliban, because the Afghan warfare unfold alarmingly from the south and the east of the rustic into what had hitherto been the rather peaceable provinces of Northern Afghanistan, Anna Badkhen spent a yr embedded now not with NATO forces yet with the agricultural inhabitants of the usually neglected north. She did this at substantial own hazard, touring on my own to villages and towns to carry a narrative that has not often been advised through Western journalists.”
--Peter Bergen, writer of The Longest struggle, in his preface to Afghanistan via Donkey.