Afghanistan – My Kabul, Part 1 of 3

Kabul Capital City, power centers a city which has attracted the attention of Asian change across the region. A place which has gone through several years of war, but now Kabul is reaching out today more than age. Hello I am Toher Kodrid from BBC Persian television reporting for BBC World News. Welcome to Kabul, this city is over 3,500 years old. It the capital on the economy and cultural heart of Afghanistan, as you can see from where I am standing called is built with natural beauty. But as we all know, it also has its problems. I want to show you how the ordinary people of that this city leaved their daily lives. I have come back here to my hometown to look beyond the fighting and the politics. And to meet some of Kabul’s ordinary residence, 60 years ago Kabul had a population of 200,000. Today almost four million people are squeezed into the city. Feting them is a struggle the sewage system cannot cope and according to government figures at least 3,000 people died every year, as a result of poor sanitation. As the population has swelled, so has traffic every day more than half a million cards chocks, combo’s narrow streets.

I start my journey in the old town of Kabul, we had the Afghan civilization was born. The first settlements in Kabul they back more than three-and-a-half thousand years. The city lives nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. Misled beneath two mountains, the city’s architecture is a glorious mix of influences from central Asia, NGR and Persia. Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur the founder of the Mughal Empire, who conquered Kabul in 1504, was so taken with define climate and a spectacular views that he made the city has summer capital. In the Middle Ages call was surrounded by think defensive walls with seven dollars built into them. Anyone coming or going would have to pass through these doles. I need Abdul Wasi an engineer who is overseeing the construction work in the old town.
Many of the houses in old Kabul or at least 200 years old, walking through these narrow streets it peas as if nothing has changed percent for centuries. Decorated architecture is one of the key features you can still see some of bit in the better preserved houses. These decorations go back thousands of years when Afghanistan was on the Silk Road, the trade route between Europe and China. I went to visit them old, but very beautiful house in this part of Kabul. I meet Farzana the owner.

“This house belongs to one of the famous old families of Kabul, Abdul Aziz Langarzamin who was my relative. The house is at least 200 years old,” said Farzana.
It seems that in the old days, the people of Kabul in the Old Town, were good at painting and architecture?
“Not all of them, only the rich and famous families, literally, who lived lavish lifestyles, would build such houses. Why would they build such houses? Because they were living luxurious lifestyles, they need houses like this too invite ministers and kings, but they would also invite ordinary people. They made use of houses like these,” said Farzana.

The beauty of the old and delicate décoration means a lot to someone old Kabul’s inhabitants. But for others it does not compensate for the fact that life is a daily struggle for survival.

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