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Kabul safety and travel advice?

I am planning a research trip to Kabul in the winter and would appreciate advice from anyone currently in the country or who has been there recently, as it’s difficult to find up-to-date assessments of the security situation, and even harder to find travel advice for women. I’m a writer (not a journalist) working on a novel about Afghan asylum seekers, and while most of the book is set in another country, I also need to be able to describe Kabul and its environs, the rhythm of daily life, all the little details that go into a believable environment, local flora/fauna/weather, etc, and I have tried hard but do not see a good way of writing honestly about a country and a city without having been there.

I speak/read/write basic Dari, I have a translator for more complicated interviews, and I have a place to stay. I am trying to minimize risks, and I am ready to call everything off if things deteriorate before I go. I have read all the relevant posts on Lightseekers that I can find, and I am following afghanistannewscenter.com. What I do not have is any real sense of the current security situation on the ground (current curfews, checkpoints, etiquette, risks involved in being outdoors, registration with police and security forces?) and safety as a woman (going to the Women’s Garden, burqa vs hijab, appropriate winter civilian clothing). I would be grateful for any advice.

by LY at 2013-10-31 04:10:28 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

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