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Fascinating 1960s Photos Show How Afghanistan Was Full of Life Before Taliban

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When you hear the word ‘Afghanistan,’ the last thing that will pop to mind would definitely be a laidback lifestyle. Nowadays, the republic has literally become a war zone mainly because of the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist political movement .

As it appears, however, things weren’t always dark and gloomy in the country. The vintage photos below show how the place was full of life back in the days. These images were taken in 1967 by Dr. Bill Podlich, a university professor from the United States who was assigned by UNESCO to work in Afghanistan for a couple of years. He captured a lot of interesting pictures at the time and now we couldn’t help but feel sad about how things turned around for the nation. It really looked peaceful back then.

#1 Young photographer At Paghman Gardens

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#2 Students At The Higher Teachers College Of Kabul

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#3 Kindergarten students dancing to the music

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Young students in a classroom

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#5 Afghan high school girls

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#6. Young Afghans studying under a tree

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#7. A bus trip

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#8 Big sister

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#9 Afghan dog/h5>
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#10 Rush hour

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#11 Decorating pastries

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#12 Sharing tea & music

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#13 Hanging out at the American International School Of Kabul (AISK)

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#14 Shopping for scarves

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#15 Blonde & afghans

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#16 AISK parking lot

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#17 Kabul Gorge

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#18 Bus driver

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#19 Frying up some dessert

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#20 Salang Pass Tunnel

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#21 Bamiyan Valley

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It’s totally unfortunate how people there are now robbed of their freedom and of enjoying the simple things of life.

H/T: BoredPanda

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