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Life goes on in Afghanistan and no one seems to know anything about 9/11!


Children on the way to school in Kabul
Children on the way to school in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011).

When I first went to Afghanistan, I wanted to see how life there is like in times of violence and conflict. And surprisingly (or not!), it went on as usual.

I was in the country during the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the World Trade Centre in New York City. And one of the things that I was interested in finding out was what Afghans think of the attacks seeing that it was masterminded by Osama Bin Laden, who was living under protection by the Taliban in Afghanistan at that time.

But many of them did not even know about it. Or more accurately, they chose to ignore it. To them, Osama Bin Laden isn’t even an Afghan. He was just some foreigner who caused too much problems for the country. See my chats with several Afghans in Kabul about 9/11 in the video below.

 

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The Afghan National Police protecting demonstrators from the Taliban


Police keeping the peace during a deomnstration in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Police keeping the peace during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011).

Demonstrations happen on a regular basis in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, because they are still building their country and their government. It is actually a welcome sight because they are fighting for democracy.

I managed to witness a protest where opposition politicians and their supporters protested in front of the president’s office because they felt several members of parliament were illegally voted into offie and demanded for their sacking.

The photo above is of the Afghan National Police assisting the demonstrators and keeping them safe from the traffic and, of course, from any terrorist attacks (ie: the Taliban).

I even recorded the demonstration on video and interviewed several protestors and members of parliament.

 

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

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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 short film about Skateistan and Afghan skateboarder, Merza Muhammadi


Merza Muhammadi, one of the best skateboarders in Afghanistan and an instructor at Skateistan.
Merza Muhammadi, one of the best skateboarders in Afghanistan and an instructor at Skateistan. (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

Skateistan is an NGO started by Australian skateboarder, Oliver Percovich, in Kabul, Afghanistan back in 2007. The objective of the organisation is to engage youth is a positive manner.

I managed to meet up with Percovich when I was in Kabul and he brought me on a tour of the facilities and introduced me to Merza Muhammadi, one of the trainers.

Muhammadi was working on the streets when Percovich met him and took him in. Now, he’s one of the best skateboarders in the country and helping to teach other youth.

Check out the video of Skateistan I shot below.

 

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Come visit the Fat Bidin booth at Art For Grabs (6th & 7th June, Jaya One)!


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So I’m all prepared for this weekend’s Art For Grabs! I’ve got all the books (The Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan)  in stock. And ten limited edition photo prints which I took while in Afghanistan.

And I’m planning to give some special offers if you come meet me in person and chat me up at the Fat Bidin booth!!

Venue: The School, Jaya One.
Date: 6th and 7th June 2015 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 12pm to 8pm
Check out the Art For Grabs Facebook page.

P/S: My partner in crime illustrator, Arif Rafhan Othman (aka Apan), will also be there selling his artwork. He and I will be doing some superhero activity too!

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Not one, but two, limited photo prints of the last Jew in Afghanistan!


Today is a lucky day for all you Fat Bidin fans out there! Every Wednesdays, I offer up one limited photo print for sale. But today, and only today, I am offering TWO limited photo prints for sale!

Zebolon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old jewish scripture.
Zebolon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old jewish scripture in his synagogue.

The picture above is of Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan. You heard me right. He is the last surviving Jew in the entire country of Afghanistan. Everyone of his people have left, including his wife and children (who have fled to Israel).

But Simantov refuses to leave because “Afghanistan is my country! I am Afghan!”

I managed to track him down in Kabul and he agreed to give me an interview and to show me around his house and synagogue (after haggling for the right price!). You can watch the video below.

Although he seems to be a little tight financially, his life looks pretty happy and content. He definitely knows where his home is.

Zebolon Simantov with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.
Zebolon Simantov , the last Jew in Afghanistan, with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.

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

1. Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old Jewish scripture in his synagogue.

or

2. Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.

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.