Monday, 2 December 2013

Afghanistan 1970-1975 Photo Exhibition

 Daily life in Afghanistan was much different some 40 years ago, before conflict started to take its toll on the country. With the country at peace then, the economy was thriving, employment was commonplace and the tourism industry was burgeoning, according to Joseph Hoyt, an American photographer, who captured facets of Afghan life in the early 1970s. A month-long exhibition of 50 photos taken by Mr. Hoyt was opened in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today (shown here), with the images highlighting the difference between lives lived amidst war and peace. The United Nations promotes peace goals as the dominant factor in all forms of arts and encourages revisiting history to discover how people contributed to their cultures. “Many thousands of Afghans have been killed and countless others have been maimed, blinded, displaced and nearly forgotten. Hope for Afghanistan’s future may lie in our ability to look back at an era in its recent past when the nation was at peace,” wrote Mr. Hoyt in his photographic book 'Afghanistan 1970-1975: Images From an Era of Peace,' which was also launched at the exhibition's inauguration. 

World AIDS Day: 01 December 2013

 United Nations agencies joined Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health today in observing World AIDS Day. UN agencies and the Government estimate that some 5,000 Afghans live with HIV - and that only 1,529 of these cases are registered. At an event in the capital, Kabul (shown in left and right images), to mark the Day, the country’s Deputy Minister for Health Services, Najia Tariq, cited prolonged conflict, drug production and addiction, poverty, illiteracy and migration among the factors contributing to HIV infections. In his message for the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “continued investment, commitment and innovation” to reach the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.