There is a certain bleakness assumed by a country that has been plagued by decades of war.
In Afghanistan particularly, the landscape gives evidence of warfare—beggars wounded by bomb blasts grovel for spare change, educational opportunities are sparse, and citizens struggle to provide their families with basic necessities, even safe drinking water.
Yet in the midst of this hardship, there exists a vibrant civilian life—one that is equally religious, playful and beautifully mundane. Small family-owned shops buzz with business, mosques host religious ceremonies, children turn trash into playgrounds, and neighbors play games in the streets.
Afghanis perhaps best exhibit the resiliency of human spirit.