About the Book
Between 2003 and 2011, I traveled to Afghanistan fourteen times. In those eight years, I developed contacts with numerous Afghans who are now friends and supporters of my work. Many have warmly welcomed me into their homes and into their hearts. These friendships have also deepened my understanding and appreciation of this unique country and the struggles of its citizens who have suffered the hard consequences of years of war and deprivation. These are the people in my photographs. All of them (mostly women) are extraordinarily hardworking and devoted to the daily survival of the elderly and disabled. As I have come to know them, one stands out; Fatima Akbari. Fatima is committed to bettering the lives of widows and disabled victims of Afghanistan’s wars, and has created women’s businesses and literacy classes in Taliban-controlled areas of the country. Her projects are funded by Care International, B Peace, and recently she won the “Vital Voices 10,000 Women Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.” During my past three trips, Fatima helped me gain access to those she helps; I was able to enter their homes and win their trust.