A man surrounded bird cages in Ka Faroshi bird market, Kabul
A boy looking at a cage with many colourful parakeets
Left: burqa-clad women in high heels cross a muddy street, a man whittling a stick to make a net in a doorway
A group of men standing around on a market square
A boy with a burqa-clad woman passing by armed officers of the national police
Portrait of an elderly man in Ka Faroshi bird market
A one-eyed salesman trying to sell a small turtle
Wooden cages of sparrows on the floor in Ka Faroshi bird market
Left: a portrait of a salesman, right: A young boy in white holding a dove
A girl is following two burqa-clad women down the shopping streets of Kabul
A bird vendor in Ka Faroshi bird market
Three veiled women sit on cardboard on the ground in Kabul
An older man gesticulating around his property in old town Kabul


About Kabul Streets

While the combat operations have been thoroughly covered, Afghanistan's struggling communities have often been overlooked. Poverty is commonly one of biggest effects of any long war, and an effect that can persist for a long time after the conflict ends. Afghan families have to work incredibly hard to build a life for themselves amidst the turmoil that still surrounds them every day. Even in the relative peace of Kabul, the war is everywhere: one-armed moneychangers wave greasy wads of Afghani next to shrapnel-peppered cars. Burka-clad women in high-heeled pumps float through doorways pockmarked with bullet holes. They make up the fabric of modern day Kabul.

Afghanistan's city life is defined by its resilience, and the many armies passing through it.

About the streets project

Few things are more telling about communities than the streets they live on and around. The Streets project aims to document living conditions and the state of communities in places that are only known in the West by the news of their wars, poverty, and other hardships. This project is about showing the daily life that's not commonly featured.