Trip to Kandahar (southern of Afghanistan)
Trip Start Feb 06, 2009
4Trip End Apr 24, 2009
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I left Kabul to hit further south. one day lead to the next, and here now in Kandahar. the scaring view of the airport is to see drones(computer operated fighter jets) taking off and landing(this is much clear some sorrunding bombing were bombed or soemthing unusual is going on) I met some great UN driver down there who helped me around. We were determined to take shortest route to the one of the safest UN guest house. One thing you should imagine when reading this is traveling in Kandahar without an armored vehicles is like being naked in the peaceful countries though with the more tactics gained by the terrorist to use sophisticated blasts that can detonate even the armored vehicles. The roads was to cut cross over several town estates full of tiny jungle estates made to suit the weather which I can't even remember the names.
Many think that Afghanistan is hot and mountainous but they are wrong because most of the places are cold and snowing though in Kandahar it is slightily hotter and located near a visible desert.
When bored i used to read and discuss with some local friends about kandahar cultural diplomaticaly not to offend by mentioning . My friend Qais who seems like have more diversities including having schooled in Islamabad and visited several outkirts quoting his words "Alex that is a good question it is a must for everyone to maintain the following rules to be acceptable with the local cultural) some are in the Muslim constitution but there are some Taliban initiated.-
1) Complete ban on women's activity outside the home unless accompanied by a mahram (close male relative such as a father, brother or husband).
2) Ban on women dealing with male shopkeepers.
3) Ban on women being treated by male doctors.
4) Ban on women studying at schools, universities or any other educational institution. (Taliban have converted girls' schools into religious seminaries.)
5) Requirement that women wear a long veil (Burqa), which covers them, from head to toe.
6) Whipping, beating and verbal abuse of women not clothed in accordance with Taliban rules, or of women unaccompanied by a mahram.
7) Whipping of women in public for having non-covered ankles.
8) Public stoning of women accused of having sex outside marriage. (A number of lovers are stoned to death under this rule).
9) Ban on the use of cosmetics. (Many women with painted nails have had fingers cut off).
10) Ban on women talking or shaking hands with non-mahram males.
11) Ban on women laughing loudly. (No stranger should hear a woman's voice).
12) Ban on women wearing high heel shoes, which would produce sound while walking. (A man must not hear a woman's footsteps.)
13) Ban on women riding in a taxi without a mahram.
14) Ban on women's presence in radio, television or public gatherings of any kind.
15) Ban on women playing sports or entering a sport center or club.
16) Ban on women riding bicycles or motorcycles, even with their mahrams.
17) Ban on women's wearing brightly colored clothes. In Taliban terms, these are "sexually attracting colors."
18) Ban on women gathering for festive occasions such as the Eids, or for any recreational purpose.
19) Ban on women washing clothes next to rivers or in a public place.
20) Modification of all place names including the word "women." For example, "women's garden" has been renamed "spring garden".
21) Ban on women appearing on the balconies of their apartments or houses.
22) Compulsory painting of all windows, so women can not be seen from outside their homes.
23) Ban on male tailors taking women's measurements or sewing women's clothes.
24) Complete ban on women's work outside the home, which also applies to female teachers, engineers and most professionals. Only a few female doctors and nurses are allowed to work in some hospitals in Kabul.
25) Ban on female public baths.
26) Ban on males and females traveling on the same bus. Public buses have now been designated "males only" (or "females only").
27) Ban on flared (wide) pant-legs, even under a burqa.
28) Ban on the photographing or filming of women.
29) Ban on women's pictures printed in newspapers and books, or hung on the walls of houses and shops.
Apart from the above restrictions on women, the Taliban has:
30) Banned listening to music, not only for women but men as well.
31) Banned the watching of movies, television and videos, for everyone.
32) Banned celebrating the traditional New Year (Nowroz) on March 21. The Taliban has proclaimed the holiday un-Islamic.
33) Disavowed Labor Day (May 1st), because it is deemed a "communist" holiday.
34) Requested that all people with non-Islamic names change them to Islamic ones.
35) Forced haircuts upon Afghan youth.
36) Requested that men wear Islamic clothes and a cap.
37) Requested that men not shave or trim their beards, which should grow long enough to protrude from a fist clasped at the point of the chin.
38) Required that all people attend prayers in mosques five times.
Do u think all this is possible to me?, you may opt to take the next freight having read this but soon as you get your chums you may will get your way. I shared my experience with my friends who have never been about the Kabul norms. If the Taliban's can make a visit to city like Nairobi and come across the women there, they would hang themselves instead. Quoting my friend "I think we need Taliban's rules to be administered in Nairobi where 99% of all our women may be wiped out, or the Taliban's will be shocked and die at the site by our gals. Suppose they visit apple bees (Apple bees is a famous strippers club in Nairobi city) Kabooom!!boom- Nairobi is overturned , Chinese had tried to export some apple bees product and they were wiped deadly in Kabul by the government ". My friend whom I happen to call "my elder" and work with the leading phone network in Kenya , get interested of how they can get such protection comparing with Kenyan crazy women's. Till now Mr. elder have never belived and i also suspect he is having a similar story from his traip to marsabit and southern Ethiopia