Glories of old Kabul emerge from decades of war - and trash
Forty years of war, from the Soviet occupation of the 1980s to internal strife and Taliban rule, have destroyed much of Afghanistan’s prized art, artefacts and architecture. When the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, restoring monuments and historic neighborhoods was a low priority, given the urgent need for essentials from roads to sewer lines. So non-profits - including the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Britain’s Turquoise Mountain Foundation (TMF) - stepped into the void. “The restorations instilled a sense of pride in the local community,” said AKTC general manager Luis Monreal, who credits the build with also creating homes, jobs and tourism.