Undaunted Humankind Kabul, Afghanistan, March, 2016

“A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always, just beneath the ground lies
history of preposterous grandeur. .
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind,
irrepressibly optimistic and proud.

– The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer

Life in a war zone means that death is always present in the lives of children and their families.All the elements of life and death are in this picture. Boys and girls, graves, playground equipment, and the mosque, all in the shadow of the neighborhood on a hill in Kabul, Afghanistan.

This is Abdul Hadi. He is a teacher in the woodworking school of the Institute of Turquoise Mountain (@turquoisemountain), in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he teaches jali woodwork (latticework). He was a woodworker at the court of the last king of Afghanistan, and then for some 35 years did not have a chance to practice his skills, due to the constant conflicts. When Turquoise Mountain found him in 2006, he was selling fruit in the bazaar. He has been with them the last ten years, and they and we, consider him something of a
national treasure.

Scott Liddle, Country Director of Turquoise Mountain with Hedayatullah Ahmadzai,  head of engineering.