Afghanistan - Moving Stories

Afghanistan, the country is often only seen, heard or read about through the UK media. The images we see are of a land of tribesmen, war and destruction. In fact, Afghanistan has a rich and complex history, a diverse cultural heritage, but has been and continues to be the centre of political, social and economic struggles.

This has been due to Afghanistan's location, at the cross-roads of Asia. The country lies on a crossroads between south, west and central Asia, and the way of life has been influenced by all these regions. There are more than 30 languages spoken in the region - the official languages are Dari (Persian) and Pashtu and many different ethnic groups including Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek and Turkmen.

Find out more about Afghanistan:

Shah Jahan Mosque

Where is Afghanistan? [Word] [Pdf]

What is Afghanistan like? [Word] [Pdf]

How do people make a living? [Word] [Pdf]

What are the differences between rural and urban Afghanistan? [Word] [Pdf]

Why do people leave Afghanistan? [Word] [Pdf]

This theme was developed with support from Frohar Poya Faryabi, the Afghan Association of London (Harrow) and its supplementary school. Workshops were also held with Brondesbury College for Boys (Brent).

The photographs in the gallery form part of an exhibition that is available for hire to schools, community groups and other venues. Please contact