What I saw in Afghanistan researching disaster capitalism

I’ve just returned from Afghanistan where I was independently investigating the role of the war economy and vulture capitalism since 2001.

I’ve never been to a country like it; Beautiful, suffering under Western occupation, Taliban attacks, deep conservatism, poverty and US-empowered warlords.

I met Afghan civilians who had suffered at the hands of private mercenaries, Afghan parliamentarians who were campaigning against contractors, Western heads of private security companies and many others. I’ll be writing long features on my work soon but the vast bulk of the research was for a 2013 book and documentary.

Here are my photos from one of the most extraordinary nations I’ve ever visited.

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