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Young girls whose families have been displaced by violence, in Kabdahar. Photo Credit: OCHA / Charlotte Cans

Imagining Afghanistan: Simplified Perceptions and How we Might Challenge them ​

Afghanistan came into the spotlight last August when the US withdrew its troops. But why did it have troops there in the first place? A look back to the origins of the conflict reveals how the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan has had ramifications not just for Afghanistan’s economy, people and culture but for the way it is perceived by others. For most in the West, Afghanistan has become synonymous with conflict, with detrimental consequences for achieving peace and stability.

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