The Back Streets of Tashqurgan

Taken in within the town of Tashqurgan outside Mazar-i-Sharif in 1978, an older woman is seen with a child on her back walking the back streets of this village. The strictures of the chador are usually not required in these small northern villages of Afghanistan, where the strictest forms of Islam have never taken a great hold. Note the red bunting and painted doors, a concession to the first Communist government installed in the April, '78 Saur Revolution. Villagers were encouraged to display this colour, and the government enforced it, at times with a tenacious and vicious and heavy hand.