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A photo print of an ultra-poor Hazarat family in Bamiyan, Afghanistan


Mohammad Musa and his family outside his cave-house.
Mohammad Musa and his family at their home in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. (Zan Azlee, 2011)

In war-torn countries, it is almost too common to see the ultra-poor unable to bring themselves ahead in life. And this was what I saw in Afghanistan.

In the mountains of Bamiyan where the historical cavities of the great Buddhas of Bamiyan were, there are also a group of Hazarats who live in caves. They literally live in holes in the mountains.

The picture above is of Mohammad Musa and his family standing outside their home. If he’s lucky, he can earn about RM1 a day working odd jobs in the market.

Musa gave me a tour of his living space (in the video below):

 

Own a limited print of the picture above, framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
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A limited photo print of the Malaysian military helping local Afghan villagers


Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works.
Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

The Malaysian military team who were in Afghanistan (MALCON ISAF 2) were on a humanitarian mission rather than a combat one. They helped to build water filtering systems, consult and advise the Afghan Ministry of Health on combating diseases and organising traveling clinics. Of course, there were a small group of Special Forces who were there as security detail.

That picture above is of Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen (now Left. Colonel) demonstrating to the locals in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, how a water filtering system works to eliminate the risk of getting sick from drinking well water.

Here is also a video story shot on that exact day it happened.

If you would like to own the picture for your wall, today is your lucky day! Get a limited print of the picture all nicely framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

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A photo print of the Malaysian military assisting injured victims of a Taliban attack


MALCON ISAF 2 assessing the situation of the Afghan National Police (ANP) who were ambushed by the Taliban.
MALCON ISAF 2 assessing the situation of the Afghan National Police (ANP) who were ambushed by the Taliban (Bamiyan, 2011).

One of the most dramatic moments during my time with the Malaysian Armed Forces in Afghanistan was when the Taliban attacked an ANP (Afghan National Police) checkpoint. They were rained with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades, and they came to the Malaysians desperate for help.

The picture above is of the Malaysians (MALCON ISAF 2) assessing the situation and trying to gather intelligence in order to decide their next step.

And for some context, below is a video of the exact incident that took place in the mountains of Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

 

You can own a limited print of the picture all nicely framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for the support.

 

BMX Malaysia… a revival?


I love BMX! But I just don’t really ride anymore even though I check the air in the tyres of my KHE Militant regularly. There was a point a few years ago when I wanted to get back into the game. And to try and motivate myself, I started a web video series called ‘BMX Malaysia’ on the Fat Bidin YouTube Channel. Unfortunately, it only lasted one episode! But that episode got quite a response online and the views even hit 6 figures (watch it above)! I’m toying around with the idea of reviving it. What do you all think?

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Limited photo print of Sergeant Azizan Hashim of the Malaysian Armed Forces in Afghanistan


Sergeant Azizan Hashim making sure the coast is clear for the rest of the team.
Sergeant Azizan Hashim making sure the coast is clear for the rest of the team.

The picture above is of Sergeant Azizan Hashim of the Malaysian Armed Forces standing guard in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. One of the vehicles in the patrolling convoy broke down and the team had to stop in the middle of nowhere to fix the problem.

The Malaysian Armed Forces were in Afghanistan on a humanitarian mission, giving medical aid and building basic infrastructure for the locals. I had the privilege of being embedded with them and witnessing their work.

 

The photo of Sergeant Azizan is the photo of the week that I am offering for sale – limited number of prints (only 5 to be exact).  A tribute to our men and women who are doing good work to help, this photo would look beautiful on your wall all nicely printed and framed (21cm x 30cm) for RM90. I’ll even throw in my signature at the back of the print.

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If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for the support.