One may not expect to see Christmas trees on Kabul streets, in the conservative Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In Chicken Street, a popular place for foreigners to buy Afghan souvenirs, Christmas trees and decoration was quite visible to welcome the Christian holiday. It can be said that in Afghanistan that there are no locals believing in Christianity (legally), as conversion of the Muslims to other religion is outlawed. Therefore, the Christmas was basically exclusive to the expatriate community. As Afghanistan was flooded by international aid agencies and investment companies, there was quite a sizeable expatriate community in Kabul.

Kabul, Afghanistan, 2007

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