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Andrew Quilty  Australian photojourno in Afghanistan. All iPhone here, unless stated otherwise.

Afghanistan's dry spell came to an abrupt end over the past week, with rivers breaking their banks across much of the country's northwest. In Kabul's west, under the bridge that leads to Wardak Province, a torrent inundated this open gully which is usually packed with hundreds of livestock buyers and sellers and their flocks. Among the onlookers were many shaking heads and mumblings about President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 16.4.2019. #kabul #afghanistan #flood @everydayeverywhere @everydayafg @everydaykabul

The rain and hail filled the irrigation canals on the plateau that leads up from the centre of Kunduz City. One, with a view over Taliban-controlled Chardara District, broke its banks and flooded the fields below, before a farmer rallied some young fellas who climbed the hill and shored up the breach. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 5.4.2019. #kunduz #afghanistan @everydayafg @everydayeverywhere @afghanistan_you_never_see

Minutes after the second storm of the day passed from the north over Kunduz City. It left streets flooded and the southern edges of gardens piled with hailstones. It was the first time a group of 10-year-old boys I spoke to in the street had seen the stones of ice. If you look closely in the bottom left corner, there's a man trying to keep his shoes dry by Spider-manning his way across a brick wall. One week after this photo was taken the Taliban mounted an attack on the city from several directions. Fighting continued for 48 hours and the Kunduz Regional Hospital received dozens of casualties caught in the fighting, but the insurgents' push was ultimately quelled by government forces. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo for @foreignpolicymag. 5.4.2019. #kunduz #afghanistan #storm

On October 3, 2015, the family of Baynazar Mohammad Nazar lost their husband and father. He was under anaesthetic at the @doctorswithoutborders Kunduz Trauma Centre in the northern Afghan city when an American AC-130 gunship, whose crew had mistaken it for a legitimate target, destroyed the hospital and killed 41 other patients, carers and staff. Baynazar's family spent more than a week looking for him, hoping he'd been injured and taken to a hospital in a nearby province, or Kabul, until a local baker found the phone number for Samiullah, Baynazar's eldest son. On October 11, the baker helped @icrc staff transport several bodies still in the hospital to a cemetery on the edge of Kunduz. "Stop searching" he told Samiullah. "Your father is buried on the hill." Life was already tough, but for Baynazar's wife, Najibah and children, Samiullah, Raiana, Zahra and Khalid, on top of their grief, with no breadwinner, things became increasingly difficult. Samiullah dropped out of school to work menial jobs to support the family and pay rent on their tiny, mud-walled home. I visited the family for the first time in two years last week in Kunduz. They have moved into the new house built with money donated people from across the world who asked how they could help the family after @foreignpolicymag published their story. The younger three children are all at school and Samiullah is studying computer science at university. He rents an auto-rickshaw he also bought with the help of the donations for $30 from which the family can live. ....................................................................
Photographs from R to L. 1. Najibah tried to comfort Zahra during a visit to Baynazar's grave in November, 2015. 2. L to R. Samiullah, Khalid, Najibah, Raiana and Zahra outside their new home last week. 3. Baynazar's body, still strapped to an operating table a week after he was killed and the hospital destroyed. 4. In November, 2015, Raiana and Najibah in one of the two rooms of the house they rented until moving into their new house last year. 5. Raiana and the family in the muddy yard of their old home. Photos: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo for @foreignpolicymag. #kunduz

Qala-i Zal, Kunduz. The only water pump under the only tree for as far as the eye can see. It is the only water source for around 1,500 families from the Qalat Tepa Desert, east of the district centre. None of them, nor their homes, were visible on the horizon. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 2.4.2019. #kunduz #afghanistan @azdarya #water

After the rain passed to the south over the Abdon Desert and on to Kunduz City, with their clothes still damp after dancing the Attan through the storm, the men from the northern Afghan city's press corps sat to eat a feast of kebab and Kabuli Pulao. Photo: @andrewquilty. 5.4.2019. #kunduz #afghanistan

A picnic attended by (male only) members of Kunduz Province's press corps last Friday was interrupted by a rain storm. The group had watched it sliding south, toward the Abdon Desert from Tajikistan to the north for an hour before it hit. Packing up never seemed to be considered, even as the rain grew torrential. Instead, the journalists, flanked by an up-armoured humvee, two police trucks and their men, broke into a spontaneous Attan, a traditional Pashtun dance often used in times of celebration. Only with the passing of the storm did the dancing end and the anticipation of lunch begin anew. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 5.4.2019. #kunduz #afghanistan #attan #attandance @everydayafg @afghanistan_you_never_see @everydayeverywhere

If the hilltops scattered through the Kabul basin aren't populated by residents who've swarmed to the Afghan capital since 2001, they're crowned with forts dating back many hundreds of years. There's little historical information on the forts, such as this one—my guess is it's from the British Afghan wars of the mid-19th century—most refer to as Qala-e Fathullah, and all are occupied by government security forces living out of shipping containers. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 23.3.2019. #kabul #afghanistan @everydaykabul @everydayafg @everydayeverywhere

Behind the scenes once again during filming of When Pomegranates Howl, a film still in production, directed by @granazmoussavi and shot entirely in Afghanistan by @behrouzbadrouj. This day was shot done an hour north of Kabul City in Chakardara, between the foot of the Hindu Kush Mountains and the Shomali, or Windy Plain. The horse is dressed to carry a bride to her wedding. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 24.3.2019. #kabul #afghanistan @everydaykabul @everydayafg @everydayeverywhere

More from behind the scenes of When Pomegranates Howl, a film about the civilians caught in the midst of the Afghan war and the various ephemeral roles played by foreigners, directed by @granazmoussavi and shot by @behrouzbadrouj, in Kabul. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 22.3.2019. #kabul #afghanistan @everydayeverywhere @everydayafg @everydaykabul

Behind the scenes of When Pomegranates Howl, a feature film directed by @granazmoussavi and shot entirely *on location in Afghanistan. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo. 23.3.2019. #kabul #afghanistan #whenpomegranateshowl #film *what does "on location" even mean? If something is being shot "on location in X," surely it's implicit that it's actually being shot in X, no?

Friday is synonymous with picnics in Afghanistan. In a small handful of the bigger cities, women join the men on carpets or charpoys in parks or by a river. Not so here, by the Kunar River, where it cuts through Khas Kunar District, however. Photo: @andrewquilty / @vu_photo 15.3.2019. #kunar #afghanistan @everydayeverywhere @everydayafg

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