Reporting Afghanistan

John Wendle

Kandahar 1

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The evening call to prayer in Kandahar, Afghanistan – This is a link to a video I shot from the roof of our compound in Kandahar. Its the evening call to prayer, the azan, from the Red Mosque. The mosque is the biggest in the city.

The city itself is the town from which the Taliban was born. The area has been continuously inhabited for more than 5,000 years and the city is the second largest in Afghanistan. Though only the second largest, it is the first in smuggling, being large and only a couple hours from the Pakistan border. Across the border is the Pakistani city of Quetta where many of the Taliban leadership now reside.

Kandahar is a big town. A large valley stuffed with mud walled compounds, small houses, shops and mosques. Women wear burqas as a matter of course and the men wear beards. Afghan IRD staff say they get stared at if they don’t wear beards.

More on Kandahar later.

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Written by johnwendle

December 13, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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