"I'm returning to Kabul, my first visit since my family fled the Russian invasion 25 years ago. They escaped on horseback carrying me with them I was just six months old. Because of my personal ties to this country I have always romanticized Afghanistan, a nation of proud people, dignified, ready to defend their land against foreign invaders. But 30 years of war has left the country broken, its people hungry and destitute.
This is the old Russian Cultural Centre, my father, who is an architect, once told me it was one of the most impressive buildings in Kabul. But not any more, it was destroyed in the early '90s during the civil war after the Russian occupation, now it's home to hundreds of drug addicts.
Outside I meet Jamshed, old before his time. As a Mujahideen he fought against the Russians as a proud young warrior. It was during these battles in the '80s that he lost his leg. No
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