2023 started with a bang, a literal bang. I arrived at the airport in Kabul, a tremble felt right under my feet. It was the 1st of January 2023, New Year’s Day in most parts of the world. Fireworks! I thought almost immediately. A suicide bomber had detonated himself at the entrance to the airport, murdering both military and common people alike. Welcome to Afghanistan.

I was conscious I was a lone woman in the company of a lot of men with extreme views. Afghanistan is now governed by the Taliban and has been for just over a year. Education for girls had been banned. It had just been decreed that local women were forbidden to work for NGOs resulting in a mass exodus of organisations and who were here to help. Sharia law was supposedly in play and public flogging and executions were rumoured to have been reintroduced.

However I was here to learn and I had to scrub all that preconception off of my mind. A fresh slate that was untainted by propaganda. That’s what I had to embrace. I wanted to learn the truth from my own eyes and my own experiences, even though a clear version of the truth has already been adopted by most of the western world.

Walk with me on my journey through Afghanistan.


(Click on thumbnails below to explore with me, my first journey through Afghanistan.)