By Morteza Nikoubazl
Kabul is a bustling city, full of people who want to see their country become less violent and more stable.
As I documented life in the capital this month, I met lots of young people who shared their thoughts about the future of Afghanistan: painters, actors, musicians, even a rapper.
Many had once lived as refugees in my home country, Iran, and some were even born there. But now they were back in their troubled homeland, Afghanistan.
I asked them what made them decide to come back to Afghanistan, a country that is far from being safe or comfortable. The nation has lived through decades of war and violence after the Soviet invasion of 1979, civil war, militant rule and the U.S.-led invasion of 2001. Now Afghanistan is preparing for an election on April 5, it has been hit by a new wave of violence from Taliban militants who want to disrupt the vote.
In addition to this, people face practical problems. One person I met told me that sometimes, especially during the winter, electricity outages here can last up to 12 hours a day.