Entries from 'Afghanistan'

a new adventure

With the New Year, we’re starting a new chapter of our nomad life. For the next year or so our base will be Pakistan, where I will live and work with the little one while Björn continues to work in Afghanistan, shuttling back and forth. So far, things have been going well and we’re settling…

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Amazing people and amazing project!

After five days of assembly with hundred of great participants, politicians and people from embassies and international organizations is done: first Afghan Youth Assembly is history and will go on in future meetings. Afghan young people actually managed over all ethnical and politicial boarders to agree and work together! Our team, consisted of six international…

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Young voice of Afghanistan

And it finally started and the unbelievable project got reality… 101 participants entered the Afghan National Assembly, Meschrano Jirga, and started their sessions. And from these people we have 52 girls from the highschools of Kabul, which is a great sucess! All of them were selected in an open election process by the Independent Election…

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About crazy security-hints and cool work

We are UN guys now! Nothing was that clear for us in the last days… after filling in almost twenty forms, got two passports, one crazy security-briefing with pictures from ambushed cars… and one badge and of course we got the amazing radio, that we all know from the movies and have to respond to…

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UNDP called for Kabul again

The people saying: “If you stay once in Kabul and enjoyed the country, you will come back.” I was not aware that this happend so fast, but as UNDP Seal office asked me to gather some trainers and come to there “Afghan Youth Assembly” I could not stand and agreed to stay from 2nd untill…

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Jalalabad – between women rights and taliban

I already thought I would know Afghanistan at least a bit but after my last trip on Friday and Saturday to Jalalabad I realized that I am still amazed about the country and have to learn a lot here. We had organised a conference towards Islamic law and the interpretation in Afghan law and so…

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Between cockfights, beautiful lakes and journalists in prison

The experiences from last days are amazing and show that the country is facing incredible challenges. First of all I went with some Afghan and British friends to Qaga, a lake-district around 30 kilometers from Kabul-city and I was fascinated to find such blue lake surrounded by ice-covered mountains that near. We enjoyed our stay…

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Still alive and hard working

I am now really arrived in Kabul – I know where to buy my bread, to negotiate with the cab-drivers and the guys from kebap and to find my way home without any names of the streets and feel home on the dusty ways. This city is definitly not nice cause it´s very much destroyed…

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Flood and earthquakes – all inclusive…

Well, after I already thought that I get to know Afghanistan a bit – the country surprised me again and again. It started last week with heavy rains and the snow from the mountains was melting, so the rivers got more and more water and flood was arriving. The water destroyed some bridges in Kabul…

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Pictures from Kabul

After a lot of remarks here same pictures from my daily life in Kabul. The first pictures shows the really amazing-snow-covered mountains around the town, that reaches 4.000 – 5.000 meters. It´s a pitty that you cannot see them on daylight very often cause of smog and dust. The second picture is the street in…

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Sunny life in Kabul

After some great days in Kabul I really enjoy life here and Germany is soooo far away, even if you meeting Germans everywhere and all people love Germans, cause “they were never fighting against us”… :) And I got introduced to this town by our office, Ursula and Zahir, on several trips but also by…

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Paschto partys and Dari trips to country-side

After my first days here in Kabul I feel almost home and appreciate, that the sun also covers now the city and it really burns, cause Kabul is between 1.800 and 2.000 meters high – so we have great climate for getting fast brown in spring. Besides this Kabul and Afghanistan are adventures: no real…

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Sightseeing in Kabul

After I arrived in my office and I got introduced to the team I managed to realised, that work is gonna be different, cause of slow internet, funny working procedures and specially different mentality. Afghanian people suffered now under 30 years of ongoing war and they just want to have peace and silence and do…

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Perfect arrived in Kabul!

After great flights about Munich and Dubai, where I first experienced a first-world and afterwards a third-world airport I arrived perfect and fine in Kabul. From the mountains I had a great overview about the city but specially the huge mountains arround, snow covered. Together with Ursula Koch-Laugwitz, the office leader of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, I…

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