One of the guys I work with has family in Bamiyan Province to the west of Kabul. They get lots of snow in the winter, but rarely after the middle of March. It snowed again two days ago on top of snow that has been falling almost every day since mid-March. Now the big concerns are avalanches and the floods that are sure to follow when the snow melts. And we are "downhill" from that melt.
In Kabul, the big concern is that with all the flat, mudbrick roofs, the slow steady rain presents collapse danger. Many of the homes are wet inside due to the leaking roofs. In spite of the gloom brought on by day after day of rain, most people are pretty happy about it and between showers there is a flurry of gardening and planting. Trees and shrubs are hot-selling items right now as the residents take advantage of the moist soil to get things into the ground.
Pedestrians have it rough in this weather.
With few sidewalks, there's nowhere to walk.
Bring Out Yer Wellies!
The two girls in the back seem quite pleased with their footgear.
Umbrellas have been a hot-selling item of late.
A note about covered faces.
When girls cover their faces like this, it's more often to filter out the yucky air.
The schoolage girl population in Kabul explodes during school season.
Families in less secure areas send their daughters to Kabul to live with relatives so that they can go to school where it is safer. Additionally, many of the remote areas have no facility for education beyond 8th grade.
This view is looking west from downtown.
Old Man Begging
Between the showers, the beggars pick up the pace.
The Dari word for beggar is "faqir."
Pashtun Mom and Son
She has her burkha open as they look for sunglasses during a lull in the rains.
As storm clouds break, the mountains are shrouded in mist.
One of the reasons I love the mountains are all these cloud effects.
Dad walking daughter to school.
Afghans understand the importance of education for their daughters.
That damn American influence again!
The local Marlboro stand.
Seriously though, our culture is the best weapon we have against "the forces of darkness."
Another Storm Approaches
Downtown by the river, this storm looks like waves crashing over the mountains north of town.