All through history, when
there was a war most of the victims were soldiers. But, in recent conflicts
across the globe most of the casualties have been civilians.
In 1979 the Soviet Union invaded
Afghanistan. Civilians suffered the most. Eighty percent of the casualties of
small arms were women and children, far outnumbering military casualties.
For a quarter of a century, kings
and presidents, mullahs and mujahids, super powers and their allies; all played
the game of power in Afghanistan.
We are now told that peace is there
to stay. But an entire generation of women cannot find even the strength to
stand on their two feet, let alone walk back to Afghanistan. Old wounds
and poverty run deep. Rebuilding the lives of this lost generation will take
much more than just brick and mortar.
Dar pa Dar looks at the lives that
suffered in the background, while others made it to the front pages.