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Let's upload photos of Afghanistan from those among us who were lucky enough to visit it during peace time.

In another TED conversation led by a young person from Afghanistan, he (?) asked the community what we'd like to be able to see in the future. He himself has never seen peace in his country and wished to see this, above all.

I'm too young to have gone there myself in peace time, but I have met older Japanese people who said they were tourists in the 1970s and visited the markets of Kabul and the buddha statues in Bamyan. They regret so much having lost this part of the world. I'm going to ask them to share their photos! Those of us outside Afghanistan hold all these lovely memories of it, sadly locked away--forever? I thought the TED community MUST have some photos somewhere to share...

This country has been put on hold for 30 years. And the younger generation in and outside of it have no memory of it, really, of being anything but a warzone, wasteland. We have such a strong digital culture and digital memory now. Why not "create" an Afghanistan that we want? I created a page that anyone can post on--do you know of anyone who remembers a peaceful Afghanistan in this lifetime? I think it would be nice for young, Internet-connected Afghans to look at :)

A few non-Facebook people have contributed already from Japan and the UK:


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  • Jan 7 2013: Genevieve, this is a great idea! One of my start-ups, The Pre-Digital Project, would love to help you in your effort. We are working on creating a site where people can upload, preserve and share pre-digital photographs like the ones you are hoping to collect here. We can create a special gallery and do a few other nifty things. Let me know if you're interested!

    Jay Waxberg
    t: @predigphotos
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      Jan 8 2013: I'm interested! This conversation is up for a month...I'm afraid that people might disband and forget about it after it is closed :( I'll look through your site and learn how to do it (and email you if I'm confused). I'd like to put up the instructions ASAP in the header so that people can know what to do, if they manage to dig things up!

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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