SIGNS OF U.S.A. ON STREETS OF AFGHANISTAN (Extreme Travel Afghanistan)

SIGNS OF U.S.A. ON STREETS OF AFGHANISTAN (Extreme Travel Afghanistan)

Type Afghanistan into Google
and see what you find. Bombings… The explosion ripped through a wedding
in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing dozens of people in… War… Crisis… These are normally the pictures that come
to mind when you hear the name Afghanistan. But are these tragic events
really that common? Yes. Tragedy strikes Afghanistan
on a daily basis. A country at war for
40 years. But is there another side to
Afghanistan that is rarely covered? Let’s find out! The world’s
deadliest conflict. The war should end
in Afghanistan. Hi, how are you? We will smile towards life
because life is worth smiling, Not a day without
violence… We will show our
resilience… We will not allow people to know
that we have weakened. Our families shed blood
for this country. ♪♪♪ So, today we’re heading
to a village out in the countryside. We’re leaving here Mazar-e-Sharif,
which is the third biggest city in Afghanistan. We’re gonna have an armed escort
by the Afghan security forces because a few days ago
there was say a lady, A female police officer and her mother,
and a civilian, taken off a bus, a public bus, and executed
by the Taliban in the road. The bus was able to continue but
they were killed tragically. It’s a daily life here, sadly,
in Afghanistan, so… We’re gonna head out,
should see some mountains, and then when we get to the village,
see what a village is like in rural Afghanistan. Should be an hour
or so drive, if there’s not any
complications. And should be nice to see
the countryside and a local village. ♪♪♪ We drove for an hour or so,
and we’ve arrived in the Khulm district. The mountains are
absolutely magnificent. And there’s local kids around, there’s some coming
I’ll say hi to them, but have a look at this view. So I think that’s the foothills
of the Hindu Kush mountain range, which is the main mountain range
running through Afghanistan. It’s huge! Yeah! You can see a lot of the houses
here are straw and dirt constructions. The security behind me
is very keeping an eye on me. Welcoming local kids… Yeah! This is really feels like,
you know, rural Afghanistan. There’s a fruit
production around here, it’s pomegranate season
at the moment. Really, really nice to
be out here. -How are you?
-Good! How are you? -How are you? Good?
-Anything… We were gonna go to
a different region, but the security situation
here is changing all the time. So, we’re we were gonna go had an increased
Taliban rest so we came to this region instead, and that we’ve got two units vehicles
for us which are armored vehicles with bulletproof glass,
reinforced doors. And then at each end of that
we’ve got two police trucks with a bunch of these Afghan
security forces protecting us. So, yeah! Although it’s beautiful! It’s… It’s Afghanistan. But people are super welcoming,
you know. We’re gonna head down
into the township zone, and go for a walk around
the more busy streets. Shouldn’t have to say but it’s one of
the most powerful trips I’ve ever experienced. Okay. So, now we’ve come up
onto a viewpoint here. It’s Arion again. And you can see all the houses here,
they’re built out of straw and mud basically, right? Yeah! People here
mostly farmers. It’s very hard to find any work or work on the lands
so people are compelled to go into different villages and find work as a mason
or any other labor So, I was mentioning to the camera before
about how tight security is here, and what’s the reason for that, why do we have
four extremely kitted out vehicles with, as you can see behind you one
of the Afghan security forces. Why is it so strict here? See, it’s still for
the people… It’s very hard for them
to comprehend that there are people who are coming
here just as humanitarian workers, and trying to help with
their children, and vaccinate their children, immunize
their children, and provide education. You don’t know
who inhabits these villages. There could be anti-government elements
who do not appreciate development, do not appreciate
humanitarian work, so that’s why it becomes difficult
to provide the security. Some of these people are middle-class
but most people are below poverty line, so they normally would
have two rooms, and no matter if they have 9, 10 people
at their houses, they will only have two rooms, because keeping it warm during winter
does the most important thing for them. So they’d rather live together in
winters rather they have many rooms. The other thing that you can notice
is that it’s very green here, so people normally would have
a piece of land that they can provide their families with fruit at least,
and vegetables… So, that’s how life is
supported here. You work and you take
the produce from the land… That helps you
to survive! And then burn some of the twigs and some of
the branches that are left from the produce in winter. So, that’s how the life cycle
goes around here. Okay. So, we’ve just meet
a local man. Would you mind introducing him
and just ask him what he does for a job? // Speaking native language // Abban is 35 years old. He’s got two kids,
he works in gardens. Right now he is working on
his pomegranate garden, trying to yield that good produce
so that he can sell it in market, and make a good living
from it. I heard before that 7 Kg
of pomegranate is about $ 350 AFN which is roughly $ 6 USD,
is that right? // Speaking native language // 7 Kgs of pomegranate would go for $ 200 AFN,
about $ 4 USD, but it depends on the season. If the season is good and the one-acre
land that I have it produces good result, and I have good produced,
then that season would go well for my family. If not, then… Most of the season
we are just… It’s very hard to keep up with the expenditure
for the land, like the fertilizer, working on the land, making sure that
the pomegranate or other produce don’t go bad. So that also takes away a lot of money,
and then, at the end of the season, very little is left for us
to survive on. Where does
he buy supplies from? Does he go down to the city or the town
and buys general household goods? Or does he grow them here and
then just live off the land? // Speaking native language // Normally with the people
in this village and myself is that we, whatever we produce in
our garden we take it to the city and we exchange for some
other commodity that we require. The most challenging for us right
now is safe drinking water, we don’t have good water in which results for our
children developing different kind of skin diseases that you can see on
my child here. That really hurts us and
that really ails us. Other than that, it happens that
we have some good produce one year, the other year is not good, but water
is the main issue for us right now. So, those are
the negatives, right? And so what are the positives
of living here for him? // Speaking native language // The positive side here in
my village is that there’s peace. That’s a
very positive thing! We are living together
as united people, if there’s a difficulty
on one house, the rest of the houses come
to the aid of this house. So we live each other’s happiness
and each other’s sadness, and that basically gives us
the motivation to move forward, to look the future
with positivity. There’s a really strong sense
of camaraderie here? There is! Yeah! Yeah!
Everybody comes to each other help. If one person
do not have enough, then other person lends to him
wheat or flour so they can survive. If one person do not have
wood to burn in the winter, other people comes together and provides them
so that the entire village can survive together. Right, okay. // Speaking native language // Another thing that you have
to take into consideration here, I’m okay in the village here but
if I was to stray too far off of the perimeter, there’s a high chance of landmines,
from the days of when the Soviets were here. There’s all these different elements
playing into this situation here. There is a big demining operation
from the United Nations as well, but there’s always
the risk and… You know, you can see
behind me those kids playing, Sometimes
they can be the victims. And also sometimes
the Taliban find the mines and they’ll turn them
into IEDs, so bombs that they can use in other
areas to cause explosions, but… From what I can say of this area,
it’s got a really nice feeling at the moment, very quiet and
peaceful… // Speaking native language // Very quiet
and peaceful, and… You know you can see there’s
the strong strength of community here, which is quite beautiful,
I think. // Speaking native language // Okay. So we’ve just come down to the town
where that men that we interviewed earlier who sells fruit…
He brings it down here, right? Yes! And he sells it to the locals here,
or trade the thing. This is the main market
for Khulm District, and that guy and other villagers would
normally bring their produce here, they would put it here on
the roadside and people would buy it. So this is the market,
a bit small, but this is where people do their
business and make their living from. There’s something really interesting that
I think a lot of people will be surprised to see. There’s a big American
flag here, right? Yeah! It’s surprisingly
to me too. // Speaking native language // I bought it for $ 200 AFN
from somebody who was selling it, and I put it down here,
most people don’t know what this flag is. -Somebody told me this American flag.
-Right. -But I’m fine with it.
-Okay. And what’s his views
of the USA? // Speaking native language // So, I don’t know, I don’t know what
kind of country is… I really don’t know. -He feels neutral, nothing towards to…
-Yeah! Neutral… Okay, cool! So, there’s some political activity
in this area at the moment, so we can’t
spend too long. And we’re pretty much surrounded by guys
with big weapons and stuff. And this American flag
really stood out to me, but… I think a lot of you guys
will find that fascinating. Much than I do, because it’s not the first image
you think of when you think in Afghanistan. -How are you?
-Good! How are you? I’m okay! -Do you speak English?
-No, no… -A little bit…
-Yes! What are
you doing today? // Speaking native language // Suhayla is 23 years old,
this is his shop. He sells different things like plastic,
made things, he sells plates and any groceries
at the houses need. This is he’s shop, he comes
every morning, works until evening. How is the business? // Speaking native language // The previous year used
to be very good, but now things are not
looking that nice. But it’s good! The good thing is that we have peace,
and hopefully it will get better. You say we have peace… In this town
there’s not too many problems? // Speaking native language // Yeah! There are not
too many security incidents, if we look the 100%,
maybe 10% is insecurity, that also petty crimes,
nothing major. -Thank you!
-Good luck! Cheers! // Speaking native language // From two years old, but since
I was my children’s age, 10 years old, I used to come to my father’s shop
and work with him. So, since 10 years old I only know
about shop, and shop keeping… So that’s why I brought
my children as well, I have 3 sons and
2 daughters. They would be working with me
and they would then take over from me. Is he happy doing
this job? // Speaking native language // Well, of course,
I’m very happy. Because we have peace which
is the most important thing for us, we have security,
and with security I’m also healthy. My health,
that’s also very important. Two people have said
that it’s peaceful here, so… Does he get a feeling that this
is one of the most preferable places to live in terms the security in
the whole country of Afghanistan? // Speaking native language // I think I will call it that it’s one of the most
peaceful place and most secure place in Afghanistan. People are living in unity and harmony,
and we’re very happy with our security forces because they provide good security,
we’ve had no security incident. What’s his opinion of the international
community coming to Afghanistan? // Speaking native language // I think Afghanistan has been at war
for too long, and with the international friends, and those who are coming
to help Afghanistan… It’s very good and their welcome
because it’s going to help with our economy, it will boost our economy,
it will boost the standard of living, it will make up Afghans have a better life…
So that’s a good thing! Okay. One last question,
what’s for lunch? // Speaking native language // So, we have fish food today,
my son’s wanted fish today, so I said: “Okay. Let’s get fish
for lunch today”. Alright! Alright!
Is that delicious? -It’s very delicious, do you want?
-No, thank you! ♪♪♪ So, back in the city… I found that really special to go out
and see how the village people live. There was a point when
we actually pulled up at this old library, and when we arrived there was all
different kinds of security forces, Afghan police, Afghan military, paramilitary,
there were bullet holes in the wall. Troops on the roof, troops on
the perimeter, troops up close to the door, and we were gonna go into this library
and see the gardens and things, but it was quite
a dodgy atmosphere, and the security adviser advised us
not to spend any time there because things can kind
of go wrong military. And police can sometimes
turn on each other. We didn’t want to be involved
in any kind of crossfire or anything. So, we kind of got
out of there. It was pretty extreme scene,
wall-to-wall military. I did get a photo of one
of the soldiers. I’ll put it up here. I’ll be chucking that up on
my Instagram with a few more photos if you want to check
them out. And we also went to, I didn’t film it
because that I filmed in past videos, but we also went to another
immunization clinic that UNICEF funds as well. The doctors taking care
of malnutrition as well there, there was a few kids receiving the sachets
I showed you in the other videos, and the immunization, and some
other treatment that kids were getting there. So, again, obviously this is a, you can see
people are in die need of help here. So, I just want to emphasize again
UNICEF isn’t paying me anything to be here, They did organize the whole trip
for me and everything, and I don’t have to say this but, again,
if you want to help out a bit, I’m gonna leave the link down below and
you can chip in a couple of dollars if you can. Only if you can! Another mind-bending
fascinating day here in Afghanistan. Tomorrow the journey
continues leaving this city. So, I will see you
in that video. And in case I don’t see you…
Good afternoon! Good evening! And good night! We are living together
as united people. If there’s a difficulty
on one house, the rest of the houses come
to the aid of this house. So we live each other’s happiness
and each other’s sadness, and that basically gives us
the motivation to move forward, to look the future
with positivity.

100 Comments

  1. As mentioned in the video, here are the photos of the trip: https://www.instagram.com/indigo.traveller/
    🔴If you would like to donate to save lives of children in need (JUST $10 BUYS 30 MEALS FOR A CHILD IN DESPERATE NEED)
    https://donate.unicef.org.nz/
    Thank you for your time. ❤🇦🇫

  2. afghanistan is totally safe as long as you have a convey of 15 locals protecting you. what happens then when the locals decide not to protect you anymore? how safe are you then?

  3. good luck to you but you are absolutely risking your life traveling to places like this. Its not a matter of if something will happen to you but when. Hopefully you dont end up on LiveLeak

  4. Hey, I'm three videos behind and catching up today. Great work you are doing. I hope you are well and safe. Best to you and God speed.

  5. Thanks you , you show the good side of Afghanistan 🇦🇫 ❤️❤️❤️ Love you Brother . This is my third times see the video 💕

  6. No sé cómo llegué a este canal creo q de tanto q veo cosas del medio Oriente y mi sueño es visitar todos estos países y más Afganistán y siempre buscaba blogs pero eres el único gracias por trasladarme por video al país en sueño saludos desde ecuador

  7. Afghanistan
    An Islamic society where Christianity exists in secret
    Afghanistan is an Islamic society, it is illegal for an Afghani person to leave Islam. The country is increasingly challenged by Islamic militants, the Taliban controls or contests more and more areas, and an ISIS-affiliated group also targets minorities. Those who decide to follow Jesus do so in secret.

    How Christians are suffering
    Those who are discovered to be Christians may be sent to a mental hospital—because their families believe no sane person would leave Islam. They may also be beaten or even killed by family members, or members of Islamic extremist groups like the Taliban. Violence against Christians remains very high, but the measures taken against converts depends on the family. One Christian in Afghanistan says, “How we survive daily, only God knows. He knows because He has been kind to dwell with us. But we are tired of all the death around us.”

  8. Sounds like a lovely place
    2
    Afghanistan
    An Islamic society where Christianity exists in secret
    Afghanistan as an Islamic society, it is illegal for an Afghani person to leave Islam. The country is increasingly challenged by Islamic militants, the Taliban controls or contests more and more areas, and an ISIS-affiliated group also targets minorities. Those who decide to follow Jesus do so in secret.
    How Christians are suffering
    Those who are discovered to be Christians may be sent to a mental hospital—because their families believe no sane person would leave Islam. They may also be beaten or even killed by family members, or members of Islamic extremist groups like the Taliban. Violence against Christians remains very high, but the measures taken against converts depends on the family. One Christian in Afghanistan says, “How we survive daily, only God knows. He knows because He has been kind to dwell with us. But we are tired of all the death around us.”

    Examples
    There are reports that several Christians have been killed in the World Watch List 2020 reporting period, but for security reasons, no details can be published.

    Any visible acts of Christian worship are dangerous. As all religious ‘changes’ are noticed and reported, this often means that converts have to relocate; neighborhood pressure and the influence of the Taliban and ISIS is strong. If someone is found even exploring any faith other than Islam (and especially if they are suspected of having converted), the penalty can be death. Christians will be employed as long as it is believed they are Afghan Muslims. If it is discovered that they are even exploring Christianity (e.g. via websites in the internet), immediate action is taken to re-indoctrinate them until they and (any group involved) comply. This can mean torture.

  9. How Christians are suffering
    Those who are discovered to be Christians may be sent to a mental hospital—because their families believe no sane person would leave Islam. They may also be beaten or even killed by family members, or members of Islamic extremist groups like the Taliban. Violence against Christians remains very high, but the measures taken against converts depends on the family. One Christian in Afghanistan says, “How we survive daily, only God knows. He knows because He has been kind to dwell with us. But we are tired of all the death around us.”

  10. Nick’s editing skills makes his videos 100x better. The first part of the video when he puts some Afghan sound in the background, man that’s some brilliant stuff that attracts you to his videos.

  11. And we moan about anything it could be all so different and the powers that be can do that yet they don't want that because they would not make money in arms !!!!

  12. As an American I have no control over what the president decides to do, I’m just a young person trying to live my life and do good but when these types of things happen it scares me. Like I don’t want any innocent people to die over something stupid.

  13. 6 minutes into the video, this is one of your more powerful videos. I am quite conservative but when it boils down to gravy, the overwhelming majority of people whether Christian, Muslim, Jew, or Hindu just want to live their lives and not have turmoil in their life, a place to live, food to eat, and to be comfy enough to know they'll very likely see tomorrow.

  14. It is very sad that what is going on in my beloved Afghanistan so many people are struggling and hard life and other countries , we Afghans only need peace without any food. My Heart is broken for those people we should one nation and one unity at all times.

  15. so how much additional danger are you putting the Afghan military / police personnel showing their faces on camera? these persons could be identified later by terrorists.

  16. Thank you Indigo.. for your travels and real world view that I for one will never be able to see in person…unless I find the coveted " American dream" which I have to thank those millions of men and women who have given their lives for my hope in that ….even those who have served and come home have too given their lives …rember that..they will never be the same …as said in a famous American movie …they are still in the desert … After a decade of being home…and you Indigo are shaping not only who you will become but all who witness your travel ..thank u…

  17. The UN is a government, your claim at the beginning of the video is a total lie. They atleast sponsored your transport, and have corporate contracts in which ARE sponsoring this video. Reported as corporate spam

  18. Women and mothers are the life line of any society. But I am sad to say no woman are shown on this visit of Indigo. Real sad.

  19. The people in the countryside of Afghanistan seem to be just about able to survive as a result that terrible war. Just hoping for the day there will be peace, and they will be free again to live a normal life, under very difficult circumstances.💖

  20. 16:55 I cringed as you denied an "Old World" person's offer of food. You might a well have just SPAT in his FACE. lol. Nice vids, Brit.

  21. thank you for these videos this is real truth TV that more people need to see you are a brave soul filming in some of those areas

  22. They sell the American flag so people can burn it and trample it in protests. I just saw an interesting documentary about that in Iran too.

  23. There was a woman begging for something and a child selling eggs. Are you sharing your wealth or just making money from youtube?

  24. Media wants you to feel sorry for the group that got killed, but it angers me that the police officer that was with her mother and another individual was unaware of the danger that could happen. You didn't try to defend yourself besides stepping off the bus the get shot while you have a gun on your hip as well……….

  25. "This tragic events are common"
    Classic america who can't even win against a Terrorist organizations for years and make all civilians life out of hell.

  26. Wouldn't it be crazy? If the Taliban was actually the United States CIA dressed up in Hollywood makeup to look like they're from Afghanistan?

  27. the UN are nazis. look who's behind it, look who's funded it from the beginning. immunizations?? sterilization programs, and who knows what else. I'm all for helping the people there, but we blow the shit out of it and then give em a few shots and some corporate food? minerals, opium, and much much more, that's why we're there and that's why the UN is there… I applaud you going, but know you're facts. so fun to see the village people, like they're zoo animals or something… trippy. we've been there for almost twenty years now. longest "war" in American history, how many have we killed??? super good people, super beautiful country… cheers mate!

  28. This man is very brave. It only takes one mistake or encounter. Security Forces have been known to cut and run under attack. Truth be told- 18:00 YOU covered it! The people watching you know that once you're corned and they see an out. The Officials will be distracted by each other to tend to you. As I was typing this they pretty much told you what I said.

  29. God bless the middle east they have been war stricken for centuries, the world is trying to change islam and it works for some and turns some muslims bad but most of us just want to worship Allah in peace

  30. This is laughable. I've spent 4 years of my life in Afghanistan. The power lines were a clear indication you were nowhere near a truly rural area. This is just a scripted UNICEF propaganda video.. Share a video of you in somewhere like Sangin,Nad e ali, Musa qalah or in the Korengal valley without your armed UN security force and really show people how 'friendly & welcoming' Afghans are. Your liberal western head would be separated from your shoulders in a matter of hours.

  31. sorry kids no library today, because both the military and the police are here and as we know sometimes they go to war with each other.

  32. This has been so eye opening. Just everyone saying they are happy due to peace.and then to think what I would expect to consider myself happy… very very good perspective. Thanks for your content!

  33. When the guy with the camera has people with guns escorting him you say what you hope will make him happy.

  34. Please people donate to the unicef link below the video description, help the good and decent average folk struggling in this country wracked with struggle turmoil and conflict

  35. Really digging for that anti-Americanism, yeah? Jesus Fucking Christ. I love the new breed of journalism. Brilliant editing. "Meet the new boss…same as the old boss…" Have fun on your walkabout.

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