Jeffrey Stern

The squatter

4 October 2013 | The South Asia Channel/Foreign Policy Magazine

The squatter

The mountainsides that surround Kabul are covered with squatter houses, the homes of people have claimed the land by building on it.  They’re undeterred by the steep grade; from below, many homes appear to be affixed to nearly vertical mountain faces.  Many of the highest houses are inaccessible by car, but to get close you take narrow roads quickly, speeding so you don’t stall or lose traction.  The steeper and wilder the terrain, the faster you go.

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