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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a mountainous, landlocked country in south-central Asia.

Afghanistan  literally means ‘land of the Afghans.’


Carrots were first cultivated in Afghanistan about 3000 years ago. They originally had yellow flesh and a purple exterior.

Afghanistan first became an independent emirate under the Pathan tribesman Ahmed Shah Durrani in 1747. He established the Durrani Empire which lasted for nearly a century and covered all of Afghanistan as well as parts of Iran, Pakistan and Kashmir.

In the 1960s and early 70s - before the Soviet takeover, Afghan women comprised 50% of government workers, 70% of schoolteachers, and 40% of doctors in Kabul. Now the literacy rate for women is 12.6%. Only 6% of women get a high school education.

Afghanistan has been invaded by Greek, Arab, Mongol, Mughal, Persian, British, Sikh and USSR empires. They all failed to capture Afghanistan completely.

Afghanistan is one of the most inaccessible countries in the world. The nearest sea, The Arabian Sea, is 300 miles away.

It's population is 20.7 million and principle languages are Pushtu 60% and Dari, 30%.

The sport of Buzkashi is played on horseback in Afghanistan. It is rather like polo but instead of having a ball and polo sticks, the horsemen try to dump a headless calf in the enemy goal.

Afghanistan and Azerbaijan are only nations whose names begin with an “A”, but doesn't end in an “A”


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