So, here’s the latest installment. Don’t worry Ello, I’ll put up some food pictures later this week.
The Russians were here!
This is a Soviet BMP hulk (armored personnel carrier).
You see military vehicle wreckage scattered about town and in the countryside.
Note the drainage ditches leading from the door to the street.
This is not uncommon, particularly when the women are nearer to home,
but you also see it when they are shopping at the bazaar.
There is no social safety net.
If a woman's husband dies and one of his male relatives does not marry her and if she doesn't have family that will take her back, she's on the street. What makes things worse is that the vast majority of adult women have no education and no marketable skills. Even some with skills wind up on the street if they can't find someone to care for the children.
Men with disabilities are equally at risk.
And of course, the elderly.
But this guy is likely my age, possibly younger.
The male life expectancy in Afghanistan is 43.6 years.
Female life expectancy is only slightly better at 43.96 years.