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This was Afghanistan before the Taliban

When current images of a war-torn Afghanistan are burned into memory, its easy to forget how radically different the country looked in the 1960s, before the revolution.

When current images of a war-torn Afghanistan are burned into memory, its easy to forget how radically different the country looked in the 1960s, before the revolution.

Dr. Bill Podlich captured the images below on a trip to Afghanistan in 1967. They show a peaceful and westernized country, where children appear to be safe and happy, women sit in classrooms wearing shorter skirts with their hair uncovered, and families enjoy the good weather by walking around outside.

“When I look at my dad’s photos, I remember Afghanistan as a country with thousands of years of history and culture,” Peg Podlich, the photographers daughter, who attended the American International School of Kabul while in Afghanistan.

“It has been a gut-wrenching experience to watch and hear about the profound suffering which has occurred in Afghanistan during the battles of war for nearly 40 years. Fierce and proud yet fun loving people have been beaten down by terrible forces.”

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[Bored Panda, My Modern Met] Images via Dr. Bill Podlich’s collection, courtesy of Clayton Esterson

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  1. JT Easy

    January 22, 2016 at 11:05 am

    makes me feel sad

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  3. Nasser Al Malki

    January 23, 2016 at 1:57 am

    You are mistaken, this was before the barbaric soviet invasion to afghanistan , Then the American friends invested on the resistance and funded Al Qaeda , after that Taliban came … After all the destruction taliban came as a resistance but on the wrong bath , they tried to unite the fighting leaders but again it was based on exteme ideology which is am against , this is the true story.

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