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The Taliban – one year on

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Francesca Borri
Borri is a war correspondent and writes regularly for Ny Tid.
HERAT / What does Afghanistan's Herat look like one year after the Taliban took over? Herat is the example of what Afghanistan could look like – as the city has 780 places on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This report gives a look from both the 1970s and today.

When the Americans arrived here in 2001, one in three Afghans was below the starvation threshold. When the Americans pulled out a year ago, it had become one in two Afghans – half. Now, after the Taliban's sanctions, 96 percent of the population lives below the hunger threshold: One in one is without food.

"If you're looking for something typical of Afghanistan, take this one," said the scrap dealer, holding out a copy of the travel guide Lonely Planet which lay among British military effects and helmets.

1973: The hippie route, the travel route to India for young Europeans. When traveling from Iran, Herat was the first stop in Afghanistan. To this day, Herat is still bright, colorful and alive. Herat is the example of what Afghanistan could look like without its countless wars. Nevertheless, the first child we see has plastic and not school books. . .

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