Afghan Journeys

In 1987, I first travelled to Afghanistan on assignment for Insight Magazine. Crossing through Garam Chishma in far Northwestern Pakistan, I travelled deep into Northern Afghanistan, walking for weeks through the Hindu Kush mountains to meet with a Mujahideen leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud. What was supposed to be a six-week trek turned into a four and a half month journey, guided by my dear horseman Rahman Baig, through half a dozen 12,000-foot mountain passes, most often desolate and deep in snow.

As difficult as that was, it was just the first of what would become many Afghan Journeys.

Returning from my first visit, I published, The Lion of Panjshir.

In the years to come, I would continue to write about and produce documentary films on a land and a people I came to love and admire.

Richard Mackenzie, at right, with Ahmad Shah Massoud in Jangal, Afghanistan the day before the Battle of Keran and Minjon in 1987.

Richard Mackenzie, at right, with Ahmad Shah Massoud in Jangal, Afghanistan the day before the Battle of Keran and Minjon in 1987.

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6 thoughts on “Afghan Journeys

  1. Please post more photos from Keran and Menjon here. and please post photos of other commanders exist in the time

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  2. Dear Mr. Richard Mackenzie,

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    my skype: sayed.fahim10
    my phone: 0093 786 363 063

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  4. Dr. You just made my day, the photo can talk by itself and it tells you histories more than a book, thank you for sharing memories and pictures and we all waiting for more and more pictures. keep it up.
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    Elyas

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