Afghanistan: The Life After War by Moe Zoyari

Moe Zoyari is an Iranian-American freelance photographer. He began his work as a photographer at age of 14. After focusing his work around Iran’s nuclear program, earthquakes, and political turmoil, he expanded his reach, covering events in Middle East, Europe and the Unites States.  His photos have been published in national, and international journals including Newsweek, Time, and Le Figaro, among others. Mohammad left Iran for good in response to the turbulent aftermath of Iranian presidential election in 2009, spending 44 day in Afghanistan as an embedded journalist with the U.S. Army.  He is now based in Chicago, IL.  

There is a certain bleakness assumed by a country that has been plagued by decades of war. In Afghanistan particularly, the landscape gives evidence of warfare—beggars wounded by bomb blasts grovel for spare change, educational opportunities are sparse, and citizens struggle to provide their families with basic necessities, even safe drinking water. Yet in the midst of this hardship, there exists a vibrant civilian life—one that is equally religious, playful and beautifully mundane. Small family-owned shops buzz with business, mosques host religious ceremonies, children turn trash into playgrounds, and neighbors play games in the streets. Afghan is perhaps best exhibit the resiliency of human spirit.

All photos by Moe Zoyari