Afghan Journal

Lifting the veil on conflict, culture and politics

Afghanistan’s grisly new museum

April 27, 2010
(A scene from war depicted in a new museum in Herat. Reuters/Mohammad Shoaib

(A scene from war depicted in a new museum in Herat. Reuters/Mohammad Shoaib

A new museum has opened in the western Afghan city of Herat honouring the exploits of the mujahideen who pushed back the mighty Soviet army following the invasion in 1979.  Many consider it to be Afghanistan’s finest hour  when a coalition of guerrillas variously commanded by regional warlords and, of course, heavily subsidised by the United States, fought the Soviet and Afghan government forces.

Reuters correspondent Golnar Motevalli  takes a walk through the museum showing gory scenes of the corpses of Red Army soldiers slumped over tanks  or burqa-clad women cheering the downing of a helicopter from the famously deadly Stinger missiles shoulder-fired by the mujahideen.   

 It’s a stomach-churning reminder that Afghanistan continues to bleed and is still hosting tens of thousands of foreign troops.

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