May 11 2014


What we see here are photos from the Skateistan School in Afghanistan.

It was a school to try and get kids enjoying something as banal as skateboarding. And these photos were take in 2012.

Since then four have been killed. Victims of an attack by a suicide bomber. Because the little pleasures in life and an opportunity to see children smile?

Is haraam to the Taliban and the fundamentalists who ally themselves to them.


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  1. 1
    Bruce Martin

    Thanks for these wonderful photos. They show a side of Afghanistan I’ve never seen. Your blog has some amazing stuff. I hope you recover soon from the effects of the smoke. Best wishes.

  2. 2
    Al Dente

    Thank you for this, Avi.

  3. 3
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Great photos, and I’m glad that at least some of those kids can enjoy themselves occasionally. But right now I’m moved to tears.

  4. 4

    These photos made me tear up. I especially love that it’s both boys AND girls learning to skate. And I love the photo of the child jumping, with the blue (burqa?) flaring out like wings.

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