All Roads Lead to Kabul
Kabul’s population has tripled in size since late 2001, to approximately 4.5 million people, making it perhaps the world’s fastest-growing city in the last eight years. The growth has been fuelled by uncertainty perpetuated by a war seemingly with no end. The ravages on infrastructure, government capacity and local economies have all eroded or eliminated coping mechanisms in rural areas, prompting, even forcing, large-scale movement to Kabul. If there are any zoning laws in Kabul, they certainly are not evident in this image. The homes have no electricity nor water, but provide a basic shelter. When, not if, an earthquake strikes or torrential rains fall, the devastation will far exceed anything the war has wrought.