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On the Road in Panjsheer Province
On the Road in Panjsheer Province

The following are clips from Episode 4: Panjsheer Province of On the Road ("Hai Maidan Tai Maidan"), an innovative Afghan national TV program which showcases the diversity of Afghanistan and the progress being made in the country's development. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the weekly television series features a different region each week. The 26-episode series highlights Afghanistan’s pivotal role in the region as a traders’ route and examines the historical relevance of roads and development to local economic growth, education, and access to services. Tolo TV began airing the On the Road series on November 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM (local Kabul time). On the Road is a combined effort of the U.S. Government, the Moby Media Group and The Louis Berger Group/Black & Veatch Joint Venture.

On The Road in Panjsheer Province: Road Trip

Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, meets with a group of young people preparing to go to a picnic in Panjsheer Province. Having never been before, Mujeeb decides to join them. On the road to Panjsheer, Mujeeb explains the many benefits the road has brought to the local people, including the ability to travel to Panjsheer in comfort to enjoy their vacation.


On The Road in Panjsheer Province: Camel Herders

In a small village along the road, Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, meets camel herders who live a very different life from those in the towns. Around 15 to 20 people share one tent with few belongings.


On The Road in Panjsheer Province: Remembering Afghanistan's Heroes

Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, learns the history of the name Panjsheer at a memorial of five revered men from Panjsheer Province. He also visits a memorial for Afghanistan’s fallen military heroes.


On The Road in Panjsheer Province: Traditional Customs

In an interview with the Chief of Culture in Panjsheer, Mujeeb hears about the province’s unique activities, such as reading a special book and a special dance called Qarsak. Mujeeb also witnesses a local singer who impresses his friends with a traditional song.


On The Road in Panjsheer Province: Contributions of Women

Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, visits a food processing plant run by women. It is clear that Afghan women are eager to contribute to the local economy. Mujeeb encourages the viewers to buy local products and support the women’s efforts. Girls’ education is also valued. According to a local teacher, girls eagerly go to school without incident but she would like to see more schools built.


On The Road in Panjsheer Province: Gun Shooting Dance

In times of celebration, local people from Panjsheer participate in a gun shooting dance. Although slightly uncomfortable at the sound of guns going off, Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, is assured that the bullet shells are empty and that the dance is a happy one, reserved mostly for special occasions.

 

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