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Η ζωή πριν τον τρόμο: Δεν φαντάζεστε πώς ήταν το Αφγανιστάν το 1960 – Μία υπέροχη χώρα πριν τους Ταλιμπάν!

Ο πόλεμος τα καταστρέφει όλα αργά ή γρήγορα, με μαθηματική ακρίβεια…

Δεν θα μπορούσε να συμβεί κάτι διαφορετικό στην περίπτωση του Αφγανιστάν, εφόσον οι Ταλιμπάν ανέλαβαν δράση και κατέστρεψαν τη χώρα.

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Δείτε όμως ένα… άλλο Αφγανιστάν, 4 και 5 δεκαετίες πριν, που ελάχιστες διαφορές έχει με την Ελλάδα.

Mr Pommery returned to Afghanistan in 1974 with his wife and friends. This fascinating image, taken outside the Spinzar Hotel in Kabul, shows a woman wearing western clothes as she walks along the street

Kabul in 1974 was a friendly, bustling city. Mr Pommery said: 'We stayed one month. Nothing had changed [from our 1969 visit] apart from the fact that the king had been thrown out by the prime minister at that time, Maoud'

Two women in veils approach a horse and cart in Hérat - Afghanistan's third-largest city

Passing knowledge from generation to generation: A man shows a young boy how to use his weaving loom

A young boy pictured in Herat in 1974. The atmosphere on the sun-drenched street is relaxed and friendly

A couple in the village of Waigal, in the Want District of Nuristan Province, in 1969

A man and a woman in Waigal in 1969. Pommery said that the people he met were happy to pose for photographs

Mr Pommery hitchhiked all the way from France to Afghanistan in 1969, using a travel bursary given to him as a student
The people of Nuristan (pictured) live at heights of up to 6,000 feet in wooden huts

Those who live in Nuristan (pictured) are said to be descended from Alexander the Great – and sometimes have blond hair and blue eyes

A local in Nuristan rests in the sun. The inaccessibility of the region didn't put Mr Pommery off

Mr Pommery said: 'Friends had gone to Afghanistan in 1965 and mentioned a beautiful region, the Nuristan (pictured is a local girl from the region), where they had been bounced back as you need special permission to get there. In search of adventures, I decided to go there'
A glass-blower at work in the city of Herat. Mr Pommery said he was treated well where ever he went

A repair workshop on a dusty road in Bamiyan. The scene is an idyllic one, with fresh fruit for sale and lush trees lining the route

Houses in Kabul march up a dusty mountain. Mr Pommery revealed that he was welcomed on his first visit by a village chief in Nuristan who put him up in a house they reserved for travellers

Meat hangs up in a butcher's shop in Herat, watched over by a man and a young boy
Mr Pommery's mode of transport for his return trip to Afghanistan in 1974

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