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Kabul's Quirky Car Stickers

One Western-like fad that has taken hold in Kabul in the last few years is the practice of decorating one's car with stickers. The quirky stickers on cars, trucks, and even police cars can help pass the time in the capital's clogged streets. Most of them are written in quirky, ungrammatical English, a language that only a small fraction of Afghans understand.


A car driving through downtown Kabul emblazoned with a window sticker that reads: “I want to live in your eyes, die in your arms.”
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A car driving through downtown Kabul emblazoned with a window sticker that reads: “I want to live in your eyes, die in your arms.”

Two stalls selling stickers for cars on the side of a road in Kabul. “People don’t understand what’s written on the stickers, but they buy them because they think they look cool.”
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Two stalls selling stickers for cars on the side of a road in Kabul. “People don’t understand what’s written on the stickers, but they buy them because they think they look cool.”

Car stickers go for around 60 afghanis ($1) and are sold in shops, bazaars, and stalls across the city. The number of cars in Kabul has skyrocketed in the past decade with several million cars now registered in the city. 
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Car stickers go for around 60 afghanis ($1) and are sold in shops, bazaars, and stalls across the city. The number of cars in Kabul has skyrocketed in the past decade with several million cars now registered in the city. 

A car in Kabul decorated with an incorrectly spelled window sticker that is trying to say: “First love never dies.”
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A car in Kabul decorated with an incorrectly spelled window sticker that is trying to say: “First love never dies.”

“I am nailing for you. Please come back soon. I miss you.” One shopkeeper says he sells around 20 stickers per day. 
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“I am nailing for you. Please come back soon. I miss you.” One shopkeeper says he sells around 20 stickers per day. 

“King of the road" : A popular sticker among motorists in Kabul. 
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“King of the road" : A popular sticker among motorists in Kabul. 

Another shopkeeper says the designs are either copied from the West or are drawn in Afghanistan. 
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Another shopkeeper says the designs are either copied from the West or are drawn in Afghanistan. 

“Don’t angry me!” is especially popular among young drivers. 
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“Don’t angry me!” is especially popular among young drivers. 

“Don’t laugh on people; laugh with people.” 
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“Don’t laugh on people; laugh with people.” 

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