"This book is testimony to the Afghan poor, vulnerable, and excluded:... They are the victims of both war and its aftermath and make up the majority of the population. While myths perpetuate of Afghans as war-mongering or ungovernable, these photographs serve to shatter those perceptions, shed light on the lives of those devastated by the path and consequences of thirty years of conflict at the crossroads of three continents. These are the lives of people yearning for participation in a just order, to earn a decent living and access the most basic of services."
Clare Lockhart, co-Founder and Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, and co-author of the book Fixing Failed States. She served as a member of the UN negotiation team for the Bonn Agreement in 2001, and lived and worked in Afghanistan for several years.
"The purpose of this assemblage is not to shock readers into action, as much as to bring those suffering such predicaments into a light of their own, to be accepted and greeted with dignity, with mutual support, and embraced."
Karim Merchant, freelance international Consultant on Rural Development and Senior Adviser on strategy, policy, and programs.
Text: Clare Lockhart, Karim Merchant
Size: 21,5 x 26 cm, 192 pages
Publisher: Sanje, 2010