In a country that is mostly painted negatively in the Western press — oppression of women, deaths of American soldiers, repeated incursions by Taliban and other militant groups — Rasmussen says he found in the Wakhan Corridor a kind of bittersweet oasis.
“These communities live in a peace unknown today through much of Afghanistan,” he says. “They are anomalies in a country beleaguered by violence, and they stand as a symbol of what Afghanistan could have been. But they also stand as a symbol of what it may yet become.”
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