The graves of Kabul

September 17, 2013

Thousands of victims of Afghanistan's civil war, which raged from 1992 - 1996, are buried in cemeteries across the Afghan capital.

Muslims are buried as soon as possible after death, with the body washed and wrapped in a white cloth. Cemeteries are often located on hilltops on the outskirts of cities or villages.

The bodies are buried facing the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Relatives visit cemeteries on annual holidays, often eating a picnic, reading the holy Koran, throwing seeds over the grave and leaving flags.

Graves are marked above ground by vertical stones and are sometime protected by a flat stone slab.The British, or European, cemetery in Kabul contains foreign graves dug over the last 130 years, including those of some aid workers who died in the country since the Taliban fell in 2001.

* AFP

                           
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