Normally people only see Kabul in the news when another explosion has taken part. But what is life like  on an afternoon when nothing is happening?

Together with my partner Philip Brink, I went to Kabul with only one question for the inhabitants: what is your favourite place of the city? This question led us on an exciting journey throughout the city.



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This series has been published on LENS Blog from New York Times (US), NRC (NL), Volkskrant Magazine (NL), and Man in Town (IT)




This project also contains a short movie and a blog. Scroll down to view the entire project and read my personal motivation.




A short movie

Philip has made a short film of 7 minutes during our trip. It gives a personal view of how and why we made this series.


The blog

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Our personal motivation

We also gave our Dutch friends and family the opportunity to be part of our journey by posting questions for Afghans on our Facebook site.

The answers to these questions can be found on this BLOG.

Most people base their world views on what they read in the paper or see on television. In the case of countries like Afghanistan, this means a continuous stream of extreme news facts with little room for day-to-day stories.

This representation has some serious consequences: Fear and presumptions worldwide are purely based on what the media show us, not on personal contact between our different cultures. The gap is bigger than ever.

When people aren’t able to communicate directly and news is their only source of information, it is important that the media create a balanced image. This is exactly why I wanted to make this series; not as a negotiation of the actual news, but rather as an addition. 



Just like in one of my former series, Baghdad Today, I wanted to show the humans of a country in conflict. Not to shock viewers, but to evoke feelings of empathy and recognition.

As long as we lost our human feelings for each other, world politics have a free play to do what ever they want. It is my personal believe that when we get past the ‘we against them’ way of thinking, the truth hits us harder than ever before: These are the people who have to live in a chaotic country who became a toy in the world politics of war and money, but the people in this series have just as little to do with politics as you and me.

More background

'The A-team': Najibullah, Zarif, Philip and Marieke

'The A-team': Najibullah, Zarif, Philip and Marieke


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