Afghanistan: the endless war

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

Afghanistan is a victim of bloody attacks, explosions, terrorist attacks, clashes between the Taliban and the government. The consequences of the dirty war that began in 2001 are a black spot that expands on the existence of people determining their rhythm, timing, expectations, dreams. To pay a high price is a whole medical system, to the point that healthcare could become a privilege for the few: there is lack of equipment and facilities, specialists, medications, particularly in the regions most affected by the violence. As in Mazar-i Sharif, considered the true gateway to the north of Afghanistan, which opens the crossroads of Central Asia. This strategic location makes the city a focal point of the Afghan drug trade impacting deeply on the political and military balance in the area, as well as the spread of drug use among the inhabitants of Mazar-i Sharif. Around there are the kilns, where they produce bricks with rotating shifts, from 5 am to midnight. It is paradoxical and absurd context where exploitation, instability and poverty are the absolute masters. (text by Sebastiano Caputo).


A selection of photos from the archive of Luca Catalano Gonzaga is available as collector’s prints. The goal of print selling is to contribute to the realization of the photographic projects of Witness Image that narrate the great transformations of our time.