Living in Afghanistan on the Eve of the Russian Invasion

Crystal Kelly, Dominican University of California


In my Senior Project I intend to illustrate the differences between cultures juxtaposed with the similarity of humans from those cultures. Also, this paper will demonstrate how experience of and contact with other cultures can broaden and change one’s perspective and engender compassion and understanding. By recounting stories of my time and travels in Afghanistan in the late 1970s and my experience of the people, set against the historical backdrop of political upheaval accompanying the impending Russian invasion, I will demonstrate the beauty and wonder of a fascinating country and her people that have, sadly, been ravaged by invasion and war. This paper will, of course, be supported by thorough historical research and stories derived from direct experience, as well as those of family and friends who were also there. I also intend to interview people I know who are very knowledgeable on the subject.