Sean Carberry http://wkms.org en Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police http://wkms.org/post/suicide-bomber-targets-afghan-police In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 39638 at http://wkms.org Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage http://wkms.org/post/texas-man-becomes-unlikely-cfo-ragged-kabul-orphanage On Saturday afternoons, sometimes with a coworker or two, Siavash Rahbari drives up a rutted side street in Kabul to visit the Window of Hope orphanage.<p>In the living room, there are a dozen boys and two girls. Some are playing, while others lie around on mats on the floor, clearly suffering from a range of disabilities. Rahbari, a Texan who works at an NGO in Kabul, gives the children a cursory inspection.<p>"A lot of times, when people come and they hang out with the kids, they're kind of shocked about the whole situation," Rahbari says. "But, again, this is Afghanistan. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 37803 at http://wkms.org Texas Man Becomes Unlikely CFO Of Ragged Kabul Orphanage There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home http://wkms.org/post/there-and-back-again-one-afghans-journey-find-home In 2000, Auliya Atrafi paid thousands of dollars and risked his life to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. He spent 12 years in England getting educated and becoming a documentary filmmaker.<p>Last year, he gave up life in the West and returned home to southern Helmand province. Now, he's the father of twins and he's working in a rural government office while trying to readjust to life in a conservative society that he finds dysfunctional.<p>Atrafi grew up in a prominent communist family in the rural and undeveloped Nad Ali district of Helmand province. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 37069 at http://wkms.org There And Back Again: One Afghan's Journey To Find Home Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music http://wkms.org/post/crashing-afghan-wedding-no-toasts-lots-cheesy-music Afghanistan may be one of the world's poorest countries, but weddings are still a big — and expensive — deal. On most weekends, Kabul's glitzy and somewhat garish wedding halls are packed with people celebrating nuptials.<p>One of them is the Uranos Palace complex. On the night I attended my first Afghan wedding, all three of its halls were overflowing. I was one of two foreigners in a room of about 200 men. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:38:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36981 at http://wkms.org Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down? http://wkms.org/post/how-will-afghan-forces-fare-nato-troops-draw-down Shiite Muslims gathered in Kabul last week to celebrate Ashura, one of the holiest days on their religious calendar. Hundreds of shirtless men chanted and flogged themselves with chains tipped with knife-like shards of metal.<p>In the past, these public Shiite commemorations have become targets of the Taliban and other Islamist extremists. In 2011, a suicide bomber killed 56 Shiites marking Ashura. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:57:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36701 at http://wkms.org How Will Afghan Forces Fare As NATO Troops Draw Down? Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living http://wkms.org/post/afghan-farmers-opium-only-way-make-living Lashkar Gah is the capital of the volatile province that alone grows half of Afghanistan's opium poppy. Cultivation here grew by 34 percent over last year.<p>On Fridays, hundreds of men gather at the bazaar along the Helmand River, the lifeblood of this arid province. Vendors sell everything from livestock to boxes of artisanal medicine.<p>There's no sign of poppy here. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36555 at http://wkms.org Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted? http://wkms.org/post/are-afghanistans-schools-doing-well-touted It's one of the most touted "positive statistics" about Afghanistan: Today, there are 10 million Afghans enrolled in school, 40 percent of them female.<p>Under the Taliban, about 1 million boys and almost no girls were attending schools. Western officials routinely point to the revived education system as a sign of success and hope for the future.<p>The international community has spent billions on the construction of schools and programs ranging from teacher training to community-based education in remote villages to book distribution. The U.S. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 36006 at http://wkms.org Are Afghanistan's Schools Doing As Well As Touted? A History Of Love Gone Wrong, All In One Croatian Museum http://wkms.org/post/history-love-gone-wrong-all-one-croatian-museum I confess I'm not much of a museum tourist. On a recent visit to Croatia's capital, Zagreb, I strolled past three museums without feeling any urge to step inside. Then I came across one I just couldn't ignore: the <a href="http://brokenships.com/en/visit" target="_blank">Museum of Broken Relationships.</a><p>"It's a collection of objects donated by people who have broken up," says Drazen Grubisic, a co-owner of the museum. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:09:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 35307 at http://wkms.org A History Of Love Gone Wrong, All In One Croatian Museum How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps http://wkms.org/post/how-build-afghan-army-million-difficult-steps It's 8 a.m. on a recent day at Forward Operating Base Nolay, a small Marine outpost in Taliban-infested Sangin District of southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. The Marines are in the process of caffeinating and preparing for the day.<p>Suddenly, explosions and gunfire ring out. The Marines don't run for their weapons or bunkers for that matter. They don't even flinch.<p>"We can sit here and we can have a cup of coffee when there's booms going on, we're not concerned about it," says Lt. Col. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:29:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 34700 at http://wkms.org How To Build An Afghan Army, In A Million Difficult Steps For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation http://wkms.org/post/pakistan-and-afghanistan-soccer-reconciliation Afghanistan and Pakistan are better known for their verbal fights and occasional border clashes, but for the first time since 1976, they battled on a soccer field in Kabul.<p>Some 6,000 rabid Afghan fans cheered on their team, clad in red uniforms. There were horns, flags, and face paint. It looked like any soccer game in the world, except for all the riot police, snipers, and Blackhawk helicopters passing overhead periodically.<p>Ahmad Mirwais, a 27-year-old tailor, was one of those lucky enough to score a ticket.<p>"It's good to hold such events," says Mirwais. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 34302 at http://wkms.org For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation