Accessibility links

Breaking News

Afghanistan Before The Wars

It's difficult to imagine today, but Afghanistan was once a popular destination for foreigners with adventure in their blood. From 1970-74, as Western and Soviet powers competed for influence in the country, one young American family compiled a photographic record of expat life in a country that has deteriorated so drastically since then, it’s as if time was moving backward.

Elliot Larson and his wife, Marty, worked in a medical facility in Jalalabad while raising a young family. On many of their outings, they took a small Minolta camera, shooting slide film of weekends in the sun and trips to regions where today not even NATO soldiers can safely travel.

The couple has kindly shared their pictures with RFE/RL, which are published here for the first time.