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In war-ravaged Kabul, women throng parks for peace and picnics

18 November 2019

The sound of women laughing and singing in public is rare in Kabul except on Wednesdays, when hundreds of Afghan women head to the parks. In Chihilsitoon Garden, which admits only women and families on Wednesdays, women sit on benches and read books, families spread out picnic lunches. The 12.5-hectare park, Kabul's biggest historic public garden, lay in ruins until the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) took over its renovation in an agreement with the city. The Chihilsitoon Garden renovation was completed last year, and included upgrades to the surrounding neighbourhood where a busy market is located, and jobs in construction and restoration for residents, according to AKTC.