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On the Road in Balkh Province I
On the Road in Balkh Province I

The following are clips from Episode 6: Balkh Province I 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 Balkh Province: Welcome to Mazar-e-Sharif

The journey in Balkh Province begins in Mazar-e-Sharif, one of the largest cities in Balkh. On the Road host Mujeeb Arez witnesses a New Year’s celebration and visits a local market where many local artisans sell their wares.


On The Road in Balkh Province: Business Training Center Seeing Success

On the Road host Mujeeb Arez pays a visit to a business training center in Balkh which provides services such as marketing, accounting, IT training, and the development of business plans for local entrepreneurs. The center hopes to expand its services to more women.


On The Road in Balkh Province: Exploring Hairatan City

Hairatan City is a commercial city that shares a border with Uzbekistan. Through conversations with local residents, On the Road host Mujeeb Arez learns that it is a popular city among investors and businessmen. Mujeeb visits “Friendship Bridge,” an important roadway to neighboring Uzbekistan along which many goods travel.


On The Road in Balkh Province: Visit to Power Plant in Naibabad

On a visit to a switch station, On the Road host Mujeeb Arez speaks with an engineer working at the plant on the source of Afghanistan’s power. Although Afghanistan currently purchases much of its power from Uzbekistan, the construction of new power plants will keep energy resources inside Afghanistan and become potential sources of revenue in the future.


On The Road in Balkh Province: Internet Cafe Provides Services to All

With the support of the American government, internet cafes have been built across Afghanistan. On the Road host Mujeeb Arez talks with students at an internet café in Balkh province where reading materials and internet services are offered for free. According to one girl, although there are many other internet cafes, only this one allows women inside.


On The Road in Balkh Province: Wool Production Boosts Local Economy

On the Road host Mujeeb Arez travels to a wool factory where carpet fibers are made from sheep’s wool.  With support from the American government, more wool spinning machines will be purchased in order to grow the industry. 


On The Road in Balkh Province: Traditional Sports

A popular sport in Balkh is called Buzkashi where men on horses attempt to steal a goat from each other. On the Road host Mujeeb Arez witnesses a match where the riders display impressive skill.


On The Road in Balkh Province: Music Video

Music video of On the Road host Mujeeb Arez on the road in Balkh Province.

 

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