Monday, 1 March 2010

Torkham Gate










































More pictures from the Torkham Gate tour with the Buffets, and the Civ - Mil development team. By far, auto "chop shops" are the largest enterprise on the Afghan side of the border. We drove for at least a mile past stall after stall of engines, exhaust pipes, radiators, and any other type of car part you'd care to name. The contrasts between the dreary weather, the oil sludge on the ground and the signs of human life such as the bright oranges and meat shop were striking. The large hillside compound is the Afghan border patrol headquarters. The duty free shop was quite the contrast to those normally stocked with expensive liquor, perfumes, etc.; I couldn't see where anything was for sale here!

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