October 18, 2012

The Scariest Corner of the World

Luke Mogelson, New York Times

AP Photo

On the southern outskirts of the city Zaranj, where the last derelict shanties meet an endless, vacant country, beige desert and beige sky, whipped together into a single coalescing haze by the accurately named Wind of 120 Days, there is a place called Ganj: a kind of way station for Afghan migrants trying to reach Iran.

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TAGGED: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran


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