Flash Back! Afghan Women – Pre and during Taliban rule in Afghanistan

Collection of photos by A. Raffaele Ciriello (taken in 1995 & 1996). Click here to view.

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Nasrat Haparast’s next fight presents him with a good shot at redemption!

Nasrat Haqparast

AOPNEWS: Afghan MMA fighter Nasrat Haqparast announced earlier this week on Social Media that he has officially started training camp to prepare for his upcoming UFC fight on June 22, 2018 against Congo’s Marc Diakiese.  The 22-year old Afghan lightweight announced he will spend some time in Doha, Qatar for strength and conditioning, before heading to Montreal, Canada to train at the famous Tristar Gym –  the same gym, former welterweight champion George St. Pierre is affiliated with. Click here to read more (via aopnews.com).

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Updated Afghan Clothing Page!

photo courtesy of zarinas.com

Traditional clothing in Afghanistan is generally loose-fitting and conservative.  Women typically wear a dress with loose-fitting pants, called a tunbaan, underneath that goes down to the ankles. A chador (headscarf) is worn to cover the hair.  The use of a hijab, typically worn by women in Iran and other Islamic countries, is also a common way Afghan women cover their hair today. Only very conservative women wear an all covering burqa. During the Taliban rule, all women were forced to wear a burqa when going out of the house. Today, one can find some women, even in Kabul,  still wearing a burqa as they claim it makes them feel safer, and prevents them from being harassed by men. On formal occasions, women wear fancier dresses that have intricate embroidery on it – sometimes small mirrors are sown on the dress. Each region has it’s own style. Click here to learn more.