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On the Road in Paktia
On the Road in Kandahar II

The following are clips from Episode 5: Paktia 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 Paktia Province: Welcome to Paktia

In taking the Gardez to Khost road, Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, reaches Paktia Province. Standing on top of a mountain, the scenery behind him reveals a mountainous and tree-lined landscape. To begin his journey in Paktia, Mujeeb and the Tolo TV team head to Gardez City.

On The Road in Paktia Province: Land of Jirgas

Jirgas are meetings held between village elders in order to resolve disputes among tribes or problems in the community. Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, attends a Jirga in order to find out how these men feel about the new Gardez to Khost road. According to one man, what used to be a three hour journey to Khost now only takes about 30 minutes.

On The Road in Paktia Province: Local Labor for Development

Many reconstruction projects are underway in Gardez with support from the American government. However, local people are being hired to do the work. While earning money, they are also rebuilding their communities.

On The Road in Paktia Province: Academic Life

Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, visits the newly established University of Paktia which is changing many lives, according to one of the directors. At first, there was opposition to building the University from the local people, he said, but once they began to study they are now willing to pay out of their own pockets to build more schools. Knowledge is the foundation of all success, he said.

On The Road in Paktia Province: Visit to an Apple Orchard

A local farmer has found success with his apple orchard where before there was only deserted land. The farmer shows Afghan national TV host, Mujeeb Arez, how the U.S. Agency for International Development helped him and his fellow workers how to store their extra apples through the winter season until the prices are high enough to sell.

On The Road in Paktia Province: Farewell from Paktia

This episode closes with a inspirational scenes of local dancers.


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