• Short Summary

    Friday is a holiday i the Afghanistan capital of Kabul - except for the marketplace which becomes a hive of activity and meeting place for people from all over the country.

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    Friday is a holiday i the Afghanistan capital of Kabul - except for the marketplace which becomes a hive of activity and meeting place for people from all over the country.

    SYNOPSIS: Afghanistan is a mountainous region in the heart of Asia. In winter its temperature can drop to below freezing but now it's summer and the mercury often climbs as high as 48 degrees celsius (120 degrees fahrenheit). Going to market is a leisurely business and many country people drive their flocks to the city along the rough dusty roads. After the serious business of haggling to get the best price for their animals is over it's time to look up old friends and browse among the many and varied stalls in the market.

    The people are a friendly, peaceloving race. During the two world wars they remained neutral and are staunch advocates of a policy of non-alignment. Manufactured goods are in short supply so vendors selling such items as empty bottles do a brisk trade on market days. Traditional flat bread called naan is also sold and there is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on sale during the summer months.

    Nearly half a million people live in Kabul but this swells considerably on market day as those living in the surrounding areas converge on the city for the day.

    But Friday are not only for fun and bargaining and as prayer time approaches the faithful head for the city's Juma Masjid mosque. With the exception of small minorities of Hindus, Sikhs and Jews all Afghans are Muslims, 90 per cent of them of the Sunni sect.

    To many in the Afghanistan may seem backward but its people are happy - perhaps an elusive quality in today's developed world.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWZZ040FUOV1QNZ5IWF1IT37Y
    Media URN:
    VLVADWZZ040FUOV1QNZ5IWF1IT37Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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