• Weekdays Kabul
Residents of Kabul showed Dutch photographer Marieke van der Velden (Marieke van der Velden) your favorite places in the capital of Afghanistan and spoke about them.
Lake Kargha. "Afghans - are good riders. At the lake you can rent a horse Kargha. People are jumping along the beach at full speed, trying to beat each other. "
The gardens of Babur. "We went with the kids on the bus 15 hours to meet with her husband, he was an officer of the army of Afghanistan. After a long winter, the first time we were able to get into the park. Actually, I wanted to go to the zoo, but we'll go there tomorrow. "
Lake Kargha. "It is located a few kilometers from Kabul, and many people come here to ride the boats."
Beauty salon. "I work here. In the city of more than 1,000 beauty salons. Men are strictly forbidden to enter them. The most important treatment - hair coloring, they must be as black as possible. But the red hair is now in vogue. When the bride comes to us, we do it for free facial massage. Urban women have much more rights than those who live in the village. I would not want to swap places with them. "
The poetic circle. "I visit him once a week, we read each other our new poems. In fact, the education I am an engineer, and now has to study law, but my real passion - it's poetry. From a sense of protest, I am writing about the unfair treatment of women in our country. Recently, a woman in the province of infidelity doused with acid. My friends and I have been shocked by this event, and I expressed my feelings in a poem. I really would like to sometimes go to Dubai, I saw the pictures, and it seemed to me that there are all happy. And I want to see the sea. "
Pool at the InterContinental Hotel. "Swimming pool in a luxury hotel again earned. It can be visited only by men. For women in the city do not have pools. "
The area of the mosque in Pul-e Khishti Mosque before the New Year. "These tens of thousands of people come. And in cemeteries people picnic at the graves of their deceased relatives. Today we celebrate the New Year. 1392 started March 21, 2013 ".
Dating women's group. "We are helping other women who have problems. We come to the women living in the same areas where we talk with them, looking for possible solutions. I sometimes get angry that the media creates an unrealistic picture of my country. Part of my family lives in Iran, and they are all currently experiencing for us, because I always heard the terrible news. I am concerned about the elections in 2014. Freedom, which we now enjoy, the end of the "can come in an instant.
Garden broadcaster Shamshad TV. Second from left: "I am a presenter of 43 commercial television channels in Afghanistan. We do programs for children, in which children can ask different questions, such as: "How did you become president?". Our CEO wants to work on TV more women and we feel at ease here. But the streets are not so safe. The essence of our work makes us attractive targets for attack. "
Gym at the police academy. "I'm in a women's police academy. Two of my sisters are here, too. I like studying. I would like to become a police officer. Due to the fact that female officers are often threatened, I do not want to, so I can be found on the photos. "
Boxing club at Ghazi Stadium. "My biggest passion - this is boxing. I even went to the competition in Kazakhstan. A few years ago my schoolteacher urged us to engage in sports. She said that many girls are afraid of boxing. I was like, "Really?" And then I decided to try. In Kabul, over 50 boxing clubs for men and shows a lot of the Afghan TV programs about sport, but it is usually about men. Ghazi Stadium - the only place where they can train female boxers. "
Favorite places there. "For personal reasons I want to get out of Afghanistan, even though I've never been to another country. I tried to get a visa for a trip to Europe, no matter what country. But nobody did not give me a visa, so I can not go anywhere. It is very difficult to maintain hope for the best, because I know that here I can not be myself. " (Heroin no pictures.)
Basketball training center. "When I was two years old, the Taliban rocket hit our house. Shrapnel damaged the nerve in my back, and I became an invalid. Six years ago, in Afghanistan there's basketball team for women with disabilities, and I signed up for it. I'm in law school and a lot of exercise. I, as a woman, have all the rights of a free man. My mom told me that these rights are not given a reason. You need to go out and take them on their own. "
The mountains around the city. Kabul is located in a valley surrounded by mountains. The city's population of 3-4 million people.
The area of the mosque in Pul-e Khishti Mosque before the New Year. Father with his daughters tells everyone: "Nowruz Mubarak!" (Happy New Year!)
Home. "I live here with my grandmother. When I was eight years old, we went to Holland. My family still lives there, but a year ago I returned to Kabul. I see that the big changes have happened here. My family would like me to go back to Holland, but I feel that I can help my home country. "
Driving. "I have ten children who are between 7 and 25 years. Since 2006, my husband and I own a driving school. I teach women to drive, and tell them all about the car unit. Some men still difficult to accept the fact that their wives drive cars. But when they realize the benefits of this - for example, they do not need to constantly carry the women's affairs - the problem becomes not so acute. "
Living. "My father - a taxi driver, his mother - a housewife. I'm studying at the university and read the Koran in the laptop. My favorite TV show - "Afghan Star." The winner of the show gets a car and a trip to Tajikistan and Dubai. This is so exciting! It remains only two applicants. finale "will be Friday.
Living. "I met her future husband in the shop, which came to buy clothes. He asked my parents if he could marry me. The young couple usually live with the husband's parents, but because his father and mother, my husband died, we live in a rented house. Despite the fact that we have experienced, we are very happy. Our daughter every day dancing to the songs of the Imam, which can be heard from the street. She knows the word "mom", "dad" and "hello."
Roads in the mountains. Young people here ride in cars and motorbikes, doing drifting.