1 DAY IN AFGHANISTAN (Extreme Travel Afghanistan)

Type Afghanistan into Google and
see what you find. Bombings. The explosion ripped through a wedding
in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing dozens of people in… War… Crisis… These are normally the pictures that come
to mind when you hear the name Afghanistan. But are these tragic events
really that common? Yes. Tragedy strikes Afghanistan
on a daily basis. A country at war for
40 years. But is there another side to
Afghanistan that is rarely covered? Let’s find out. The world’s
deadliest conflict. The war should end
in Afghanistan. Hi, how are you? We will smile towards life
because life is worth smiling, Not a day without
violence… We were sure that’s
resilience… We will not allow people to know
that we have weakened. Our families shed blood
for this country. ♪♪♪ So, this morning we come
to a local family house. And we going to go in and
see how the locals live. Should be a few kids and a mother,
and maybe a father… I’m not sure! And we’ll see kind of the general environment
of the a standard house here, in Mazār-i-Sharīf,
Afghanistan. He is Mohamed Taher.
He’s 70 years old. He’s been living all his life in this
part of Mazār-i-Sharīf, the capital city of
Balkh Province. He’s grown up here,
he’s a farmer by profession. Can I ask what kind
of farming he was doing? // Speaking native language // We basically cultivate or farming anything like
from wheat, to cotton, to tomato… Anything that’s the season and
it’s in demand, so we would do that. Did he ever farm
opium poppy? // Speaking native language // The Poppy is forbidden
in our religion. We would not do it, even if some
people want to do it, the police will not allow to do it,
is eradicated. So, Poppy is not a
question for me. Okay… 90% of the world’s heroin
comes from Afghan opium. So, can you ask him if he knows about the huge
scene here and is he ever seen it in action? // Speaking native language // I’ve been in one of
the district’s here, and I’ve seen it with my eyes that it’s being
grown there, poppy are grown there, there are a lot of people who are
making a lot of money out of it, and I’ve seen it. I’ve even seen it
when they put in into work and extract the whole content
from the poppies… So… Yeah! I have seen that,
but it is not a good thing. Have you finish
farming now? // Speaking native language // Right now I’m still a farmer,
an active farmer. I’m still working and now I’m picking up
cotton from the feed right now. I even have to go today to
pick them up, so I’m still working. Is it a hard life
here? // Speaking native language // It’s been mortifying this place,
this room, this colaps… And since then I’ve not been
able to build them, 4 years and we’re just staying in
two rooms… It’s very dificult for us. But still this is
how difficult life is, you have to face that hardships
in life, so yes, life is difficult … And second, can you just explain
this little set up here? This is obviously where
you get your boiling water. and you have to come out here all year round
in the winter, when it’s extremely cold and… // Speaking native language // We use this all year round
for boiling water, and makes it much easier
and cheaper. So what’s the temperature here
in the coldest winter? It’s diferent drops,
30-35 ºC… -Is in Celsius?
-Yes! -You mean -30 ºC
-Yeah! -30 ºC Okay. And there’s no
heating in this house… // Speaking native language // So, what they do is that they put a table,
and put a big blanket over it, and they buy coal, so they take 1 kg of coal,
burn it, and put it under that, and all of them sleep under that until it’s morning
so that they can save money during the winter. Did he considered himself
happy and content? // Speaking native language // I’m alive, and that’s
the reason to be happy. When I am healthy, that is worth more
than being given an entire kingdom. // Speaking native language // ♪♪♪ Okay. So, we just come and meet the daughter
in law of the man that we just meet. She’s taking her children
for vaccinations. And have not missed
their vaccinations. It’s one of the mothers who don’t miss
the vaccinations of her children at all. Because measles is quite a big thing
here in Afghanistan, right? That’s out of hand… Measles is a difficulty
still in Afghanistan, is still a virus that needs
to be tackle with, It’s very important to have that continuation of
vaccination for measles prevention in Afghanistan. The vaccinations is free,
is that correct? // Speaking native language // This is the fifth time I’m taking
my children to vaccinations -and I never paid for it.
-Okay. So we’re going to follow
this mother to the clinic and see the baby being
vaccinated. After that we’re going to go to another
house and see inside the house because sadly there guests here
so we can’t go inside and in film. But that should be
quite interesting. And then tonight
we’re going to a wedding where all the man are going to be
partying and going crazy so… It should be a great
atmosphere, so… But firstly we’re headed
to the clinic. ♪♪♪ We come to the clinic,
the baby’s got an injection. Was just a short walk
from the house, luckly. The inmuniciations it’s free,
which is great. It’s another UNICEF
covered project. I think an immunization is a
few cents per injection, so… Prevents a lot
of disease. When we were in Kabul, we saw a girl
who was extremely sick, and she hadn’t been
immunized and… It was quite hard to see, she was getting
put in the back of an ambulance and things. I will put some information in a link
below if you want to read more, and that will be an option to chip in
a bit of money if you want to. Now we’re going to head
to another house. And hopefully actually go
into this house. And actually see the kitchen,
the living room, and the general living conditions of
an Afghan person in Mazār-i-Sharīf. The third biggest city
of Afghanistan. ♪♪♪ We arrive to
the next house but this is apparently a place with reasonably
high crime rate, this neighborhood. So we’ve had to come accompanied with
the Afghan National Security Forces. We can see them
behind me here. So, we’re gonna ask them a few
questions about their job and things, so… // Speaking native language // So, Airon… Can you ask him
what he’s doing here? // Speaking native language // My name is Isfandiyar.
I’m from the Balkh Province. Since 12 years I’m escorting
UNICEF walkers who go out of
the secure areas. We accompanied them so that they can
take the services that are essential for children. I myself have children, so I realize the part
of the work that there are doing. And I’m always alert, providing the best security
that I can for them, because they have to do the work
that their are doing, as for their children
as for my children as well. // Speaking native language // I’m here for the 12 years and I’ve not had
a single moment of hesitation for what I’m doing because I know that if I provide
the good security that is required will be able to do our work and
everybody will be able to do their work and more children
would benefit. And that is why I’m very motivated
and I want to work here. Over the 12 years of
working here… Has he seen the situation,
would you say improve or deteriorate? // Speaking native language // I think that the situation
has been almost the same but over the one-year things
have deteriorated a bit. We lost one year, the things
have deteriorated a bit. but it’s always the same,
the same constant insecurity. But like I said,
with security or insecurity we will do what
is necessity for children and provide the security
that is required of me. Is he content and happy
living in Afghanistan? // Speaking native language // Well, maybe life
is hard… But what I’m doing is serving
and serving in uniform, and that’s a pride,
that’s a happiness for me. Okay. ♪♪♪ Okay. So now we’re just gonna
head inside this local house here, and see how these people,
this family lives. This room here is for
the guests, this is the usual thing that the guests
don’t come inside the house, they stay here out of the house
and they can stay here the night, and they can have tea and whatever
they want with the family. We’re thinking to have
another room built upstairs because our family
is big, and we don’t have
enough room. So they’re thinking about built a room,
that’s why they built this stairs, // Speaking native language // So, this here is the tool room,
where we put our things here. This is also our biggest room where we put our
winter clothes, are summer clothes, anything that we would use later
we storage here, we put it here. // Speaking native language // So, we sit here, we eat here,
this is the eating place. And this, on the right,
is my children’s room, they sleep here, they study here,
and this room is theirs. This is our kitchen. // Speaking native language // -Thank you!
-Long life to you. Mr. Doctor. ♪♪♪ We’re just heading
out now… We have to keep
these visits quite quick. Our security advisor told us that is Taliban
within a one kilometer radius around here. So we got to… You can’t stay
too long on one place. So I have given you a good glance
into how locals live here. Is that quite a standard
house, Airon? That’s a quite
standard house. Normally are 2 rooms
with one guests house, and you can see that there not
have too many furniture. And is that like middle-income
kind of family or low? This is a low-income family
who are living in a rented house, and the rent here would be
not more than $5 or $10 a month. We just arrived at
the grand bazaar, it kinda looks like
the entrance of a subway station. So, we’re going to go down
and see the bazaar in here. So, this is more of the kinda
middle-class shopping areas as you can see… It’s not the most interesting thing,
it’s just a shopping mall, but I think is quite cool to show
that here in Afghanistan there is still shops
like this. There’s a H&M up here but
I’m not convinced if it’s real or not. // Speaking native language // ♪♪♪ We’re actually heading to that
Afghan wedding that I mentioned tonight, but we should gonna drive
around the Blue Mosque here. We going to go there in
the morning and have a look inside, but just on the way back
to the wedding we’re gonna drive just in front of it and
you will see how beautiful this big mosque is. ♪♪♪ Later that evening at
the wedding hall… This is the main entrance
where guests are coming in, and then they divided into
male and female section. -Is this the owner here that we’re with?
-What? -Is this the owner?
-He is the manager of the hall… -Woao!
-It is beautiful? Very beautiful! They can accommodate
25,000 people at one time. And it’s a flourishing business, right?
They get a lot of weddings? // Speaking native language // It’s good! Yeah!
It happens like… Nowadays there’s a bit
economic problem, and people is not financially
that strong as before. So there is not many
weddings but… Yeah! It happens!
And the business is fine! -So we are the aliens right now from the wedding.
-Oh! Yeah! For sure. So this is how the bridegroom comes,
the vehicle come… Right from here and they go
down there on the stage, where they are received
by the people. -Drive down on to the stage.
-Yeah! On the stage. Woao! Well, I think you
get the idea… This is one of the most elaborate
things I’ve ever seen. It’s crazy! ♪♪♪ -This is the kitchen!
-Okay! Where they getting the fruits,
salad food, here… I’ve never seen anything
so extreme in my life. I haven’t seen myself,
seriously… -Really?
-It’s the first time that I see this. My wedding it was about like a
hundred people at most, the love ones… But this is crazy! This is…
Woao! And so… This whole thing
is $ 10,000 USD. This is, I guess, more than $ 10,000 USD,
could be $ 25,000 USD. A wedding at this capacity in the west
would run into the hundreds of thousands… Exactly!
It’s worth! You saw before all the locals dancing and
about them the groom was on the chair… And then they started
throwing money at him… Real Money is thrown
at the groom! There’s 1,000 people
invited tonight. And then 1,000 woman are
invited tomorrow. So, it’s all men here,
and tomorrow will be all women. All women… So, when it’s the actual…
When the bride and groom come together… They do, they do… It’s different in each
province. In Kabul you have even
join weddings… They do everything
together. -All this pots here are like this pot…
-Yeah! Like this… ♪♪♪ So another huge day here,
in Afghanistan. I spent the day by meeting
the local families, and then look around
the house… Quite interesting to see
how people live and how much they pay for rent,
$10 for that house. And to join the security
forces there. We see the whole measles process work.
That was interesting. Like I said I’m going to leave
some information below if you want to check it out or if you want
to donate a little bit of money… And then
that wedding was… One of the most strange
thing I ever seen… A guy hanging about their
friends dancing… While they throw
money at him… Fascinating! And then they came
and serve us so much food. It was…
No way to explain. I hope by showing
that wedding, that you see that is not
all negative here, in Afghanistan, there are positives, there are positives.
It’s not all domming and gloom. The locas are very
friendly. It’s very important to
focus on this parts. Obviously is important
to acknowledge the conflict, and the diseases and the mal nutrition,
and things like that. But also is very important
to hold on to hope. And I hope you can see the positive side
of Afghanistan through this videos. Tomorrow it’s gonna be extreme,
getting up super early, super early… Going for more adventures here,
in Afghanistan… Kinda explore more, so… Join me! If you want to see
the photos from this trip, feel free to look at
my Instagram. Here are some of
the photos… I’ll leave a link
down below. And if you want to follow alone
in a picture version… You can also
do that! In case
I don’t see you! Good afternoon! Good evening!
And goodnight! ♪♪♪


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