Jeffrey Stern

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Afghanistan from the Roof

22 July 2014

Afghanistan from the Roof

The first thing I do when I arrive in Kabul is to try to get up on a roof. I am in most ways a respectful guest, but this is a city that places a premium on privacy that I routinely disregard.

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Afghanistan From the Air

13 March 2014 | The Atlantic

Afghanistan From the Air

As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, Jeffrey Stern has surveyed the country from its rooftops and from behind the wheel, capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of a massive war winding down. Now he offers his third installment in the series: A view of Afghanistan from the air.

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The Therapist

9 January 2014 | The South Asia Channel/Foreign Policy Magazine

The Therapist

Shabnam is warm, funny and confident. A refreshing combination of modern and traditional, she is unconcerned about having her photo taken, but doesn’t shake my hand. She strikes me as a perfect symbol of this country’s best hope: its plentiful supply of people who are young, educated, and progressive-minded, but still deferential to tradition. She has traveled outside of Afghanistan, and feels it has benefitted her, but she is committed to staying and working here. And though she has serious concerns about what happens as the international troops leave, she is not crippled by them. She has a mission—she has identified a scourge she has a talent for treating, and she means to keep at it no matter what happens around her.

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The batsman

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

The batsman

When not working out at Kabul’s cricket academy, Dost Mohammad is working in his father’s shop, selling clothes and trinkets, knockoffs from Asia of brands from Europe. And when he’s not at the family store, he’s playing more cricket—pick-up games with neighborhood boys, practicing his bowling or his special kind of batting. The cricket academy is almost lush by Kabul standards, with a well-manicured grass field surrounded by a grandstand. But the field across the street, where Mohammad does his extra practice, is harsh. There’s no grass, just hard-packed dust that pounds his joints and kicks up into his lungs, and there’s no respite from the sun, which is strongest at midday when Mohammad tends to be there.

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