Guest: Anna Badkhen
The small, remote western Afghanistan village of Oqa is known for its beautiful carpets. Woven painstakingly and meticulously by hand, a carpet takes about seven months to make and its sale to a dealer for roughly $200 can sustain a family for a year. In her new book The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village, journalist ANNA BADKHEN chronicles the lives of one family as their daughter-in-law, the family’s sole breadwinner, completes one magnificent carpet. She follows them to weddings, funerals, and journeys to the market town as they struggle to survive in the harsh and dangerous environment. Badkhen has been traveling to Afghanistan since 2001 and has written extensively about her experiences and the lives of people she has encountered along the way.