IN THE 1960's

Today, Afghanistan is a ruined country, torn apart by war and rampant fundamentalism, but it wasn't always like that.  In the 1960's, Afghanistan was a much different place and was documented by Dr. William Podlich in 1967.  It shows how the country used to be and, optimistically, what it might be again.

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The Paghman Gardens.


A Buddha statue in Bamiyan Valley. In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the two largest ones.  They were 1,500 years old.

A Senior English class at the American International School of Kabul.  Before the Taliban, women and men studied in the same classrooms.

King’s Hill in Paghman Gardens.  Everything here has been destroyed by war.

The Salang Tunnel, which connects northern and southern Afghanistan.

For a comparison, this is what the park from the picture above looks like today.

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