The Tailor of Murad Khane: Inside Kabul’s Old City

Cambridge researcher, Mohammad Razai, visits a tailor’s shop in Kabul, Afghanistan: Kaka Aleem’s old tailoring shop sits uncomfortably across the Abu Fazal, a shrine with a distinctive blue minaret in the oldest district of Kabul. On a frosty winter morning, I jostled along with the crowd that thronged the narrow street leading to the shrine. … Read more The Tailor of Murad Khane: Inside Kabul’s Old City

Art: Afghanistan’s Timeless Treasures

On a frigid day in December 1978, a large convoy of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles crossed into Balkh through the Temez border in the North of Afghanistan. The aim of the invasion was to shore up the flailing Marxist regime in Kabul. On that same day, 80 miles away in the ancient city of … Read more Art: Afghanistan’s Timeless Treasures

From Hope to Home: Leaving Afghanistan

Mohammad Razai is a student at the University of Cambridge. Here, he explains why his family left Afghanistan and what it meant to him to settle in the UK: When I was six years old, the enveloping darkness of the courtyard; the familiar sonorous sound of Muazzin from the pulpit of the mosque, calling the … Read more From Hope to Home: Leaving Afghanistan