For my extra credit field trip, I visited the Afghanistan field trip. The museum was a 4-story display. At the top of the first staircase is a quote by Rumi printed on a rock. As I progressed up the stairs, I encountered the animals that are native to the land. Three of the animals include: Marco Polo sheep, Himalayan brown bear and the Bactrian camel. I was surprised to see there are bears there.
In touring the museum, I found out a lot of information that I didn’t know about. This included finding out that a traditional Afghanistan musical instrument is the Dhol, which looked like a large drum. Music seemed to be a big part of their culture.
I was surprised to find out the uses of cannabis in their culture. It has long been used for fiber in hemp, medically and ceremonially as well as for recreation. Further along in my path, I discovered the roof top café and looked at their menu. The menu included lamb kebabs, Qorma, which is a lamb casserole, naan, a bread with sesame seeds, Palao, which is baked bismatti, khameerbob, dumplings filled with onions.
The Nuristani are people that live in a 5,000 square mile area in east corner of Afghanistan in heavily forested valleys of the Hindu Kush. The area is rugged and accessible only by foot trails.
The second part of my field trip was to RAWA. RAWA stands for Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. It was created in 1977 and was meant to give voice to the deprived and silenced women of Afghanistan. The magazine, Payam-e Zan, conveys the RAWA message. Meena had a large part in RAWA, and she stood up for deprived individuals. Meena established schools for refugee children and also a hospital and handicraft centers for refugee women in Pakistan to support Afghan women financially.
I would have to agree with their stance on the 10-year war. There have been many civilian deaths from this war. The repercussions do not stop at Afghanistan’s civilians, but others are effected as well, including our troops. In fact, there was a statement saying that one US veteran attempts suicide every 80 minutes. You can see an anti-American statement on the wall titled “Stop the US War in Afghanistan”. The article said that it doesn’t agree with the US troops needing to stay to prevent civil war.
The conditions for women and children have deteriorated since the invasion by NATO and the American troops. Life has become intolerable for this group. Girls are in prison for leaving their husbands. Women prisoners are being raped in Kabil and there are revenge rapes. Girls are forced into early marriage, raped, and are subjected to extreme domestic violence and gender inequality. These are conditions of everyday life and are completely unacceptable!