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Facebook Group Offers Snapshots of Afghan Culture

This Facebook page, "Humans of Kabul" was inspired by the Humans of New York project, a unique glimpse of cultural diversity.

Humans of Kabul opens a window into the lives of the people of the city and also exists for those Kabul residents to appreciate the beauty around them. Boston photographer David Fox has been living there since 2013 working with the American University of Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, Fox says, stories are often eclipsed by news of violence and human rights violations. He runs the Facebook page with Soraya Afzali, a photo student at the American University of Afghanistan.

"These photos challenge the idea that everyone is constantly ducking for cover as a result of the latest gun fight or explosion," he says. Among the most popular photos is one he took of an all-girls biking club, started by teens. "People are fascinated by things that challenge their preconceived notions," Fox says. "That's when I realized people really wanted to see the female Afghan perspective because traditionally in the media, the images that people saw were of women with no voice, no face. He added, "This a country that needs to have human faces put on it."

Read more on NPR.


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