Still awaiting for our Pakistan visas, we spend another day on discovering Kabul. Given that it is Friday, which is much like Sundays for Christians, we go to the “Hussainia” mosque for the filming of the religious service. Not everybody is allowed in… we’ve already been lucky by having Roberto and Enrico being allowed to film and document what could be our Sunday mass: a starting speech from the “Mullah” (like our priest) divided into two parts, a political one and a religious one followed by an almost one hour’s prayer by the Muezzin. Today’s speech must have been really touching….. tears kept on running along everybody’s faces during prayer time.
We are discovering a lot about this country, but we know nothing about the everyday life of native families; so, in the afternoon we go visit Shahla’s home, a middle-aged woman who has been really on hand since our arrival and quite moved by our will to document the life of such a poor and yet very united family. She tells us about her job at the national museum during 34 years; raised three wonderful daughters and fed her unemployed husband with her only salary.
She has spent her life making sacrifices in order to be able to send her daughter to school, but of course with the greatest pleasure, proudness and satisfaction. However, unfortunately when technology came in she lost her job too. She was evicted from her home because not being able to pay the rent.. the rent of that little same space where she hosted and offered us a warm cup of coffee and chocolates.
It breaks our hearts, and we all hope for a returning of peace to the country whose natural consequence would be peacefulness and well being for all under any point of view: economic, social and human.
Rather sad, but with a somewhat more objective vision of the living conditions of the Afghan people, we head back to the hotel…. Will we get some reassuring news about our Pakistan visas?