A photo essay by Roohul Amin Munqaad
The Aged Shoe Shiner
I asked him how much he made by stitching and shining shoes. He responded in quite a low tone, “I do not know how much I earn a day but whatever it is, it is well sufficient for a family of ten. I never lose hope and I am quite determined. Working in these harsh conditions is hard, but my hope in Allah keeps me going. These few bottles of shoe polish and a few brushes and thread, these tools are all I have, despite that, I am determined that my daughter and sons never sleep hungry. I believe Allah is the best giver, and one must not lose hope.”
Shawls on the go
Afghanistan has a very rich culture and heritage. People from various parts of Afghanistan represent their culture and values in numerous ways. One shiny day, I had an opportunity to go on a road trip towards the eastern province of Afghanistan; Jalalabad. One can see so many mesmerising landscapes- the valleys and the high mountains, where water rushes therein. On the roadside, one may see vendors selling handmade shawls with beautiful embroidery designs. Selling shawls is a source of income for people living on the course of the route. The ones who are travelling to the eastern provinces surely stop by to buy these shawls.
Nabeel, a small kid aged six was selling oranges on the roadside along with his elder brother Shahid at Daronta in Jalalabad. It was Friday, a day off in Afghanistan, but while selling fruits, he held his book close and was diligently studying. His passion for education is remarkable. In a country like Afghanistan, people are striving hard to survive while fighting poverty and security issues at the same time. Hope for a better future and long-lasting peace is what keeps the Afghans going.