RD Oral History Interview
RD is a pseudonym used to protect the identity of the interviewee. RD is an Afghan woman who was recently resettled in Centreville, Virginia. She talks about her life in Afghanistan prior the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August 2021. She shares her experience as an Afghan woman who grew up in Iran and returned to Afghanistan after the fall of Taliban in the early 2000s.
Photo of the Bamiyan Buddhas taken by RD in April 2019. RD traveled all over Afghanistan to document the beauty and history of the country. Having lived in Iran as a refugee and going back to study for her Master's degree there made her realize how little people know about Afghanistan.
A Haft Seen
Photo of a haft seen that RD set up at her apartment in Kabul. This was the last time that she celebrated Nowruz in Kabul in March 2021. RD talks about leaving behind family, friends, traditions and everything that was dear to her. She misses that community that she had worked hard to build. Moving forward she will have to build a new life in the U.S. and create new traditions.
Sakhi Holy Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan
Photo of the Sakhi Holy Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan taken by RD in August 2021 a few days before the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. RD talks about highlighting the beauty of structures that exist within Afghanistan.