2002 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 3rd prize

Tim Dirven

Panos Pictures for De Morgen

01 December, 2001

The national sport of buzkashi was banned by the Taliban, but it has remained hugely popular. Horsemen who, weeks before, took part in combat, now show their speed and skill on the sports field. After years of drought, warfare and an US-led bombing campaign, Afghanis try to maintain their traditions. The fall of the Taliban regime brought some stability, but widespread malnutrition and harsh living conditions remain.

About the photographer

Tim Dirven

This image is collected in