It is a major trading center for sheep, wool, cotton, silk, felt, food grains, fresh and dried fruit, and tobacco.
The region produces fine fruits, especially pomegranates and grapes, and the city has plants for canning, drying, and packing fruit, and is a major source of marijuana and hashish en route to Tajikistan.
This memoir, tellingly entitled Escape from Harem, is one of the first written by a Western woman married to a Muslim man.
In 1925, Aurora Nilsson was studying art in Berlin; the Golden Twenties was a vibrant period in the history of the city.
There she met and married Asim Khan, the son of a former Afghan minister of government, who was studying technique at the expense of the Afghan government.
The Afghan embassy acknowledged the marriage after Nilsson signed a statement that she would accept Afghan customs and, some time in the future, convert to Islam. The newly married couple travelled to Afghanistan in 1926.
The Arghandab River runs along the west of the city. Kandahar is one of the most culturally significant cities of the Pashtuns and has been their traditional seat of power for more than 200 years.As a result, drug trafficking is a widespread problem in the area.Kandahar has an international airport and extensive road links with Lashkar Gah and Herat to the west, Ghazni and Kabul to the northeast, Tarinkot to the north, and Quetta in neighboring Balochistan to the south.The poem ends with the sound “ma” or “na.” Sometimes they rhyme, but more often not.In Pashto, they lilt internally from word to word in a kind of two-line lullaby that belies the sharpness of their content, which is distinctive not only for its beauty, bawdiness, and wit, but also for the piercing ability to articulate a common truth about war, separation, homeland, grief, or love.