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Brains and Balls


The recent wars left Kabul University quite run down. A friend of mine had
visited the University during Taliban times and met the young Taliban chancellor in
charge. He was around 22 years and had not studied (at all) himself.
When I was 18 I had an accident and after that I became so intelligent that I did
not have to study were his words.
Now, the new chancellor is an Anthropologist and ex World Bank employee, also former Minister of Finance of Afghanistan (and he ran for elections for the UN secretary general). He is into opening up and reforming the University, also improving infrastructure etc.
I am part of a project, a photography training programme, actually with the goal to enhance creativity and self-expression within Afghani students from the Fine Arts department and an organisation named Ashiana catering street youth.
The football field is situated just in front of the Fine Arts department. Its head only speaks Russian and Deri and asks one of our team members to teach them English. The students love to play on the football field, specially the boys from the street organization. I always have to run out there to catch them back into class.


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