Kabul Nights

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Kabul nights.
You mesmerize me.
Your skies stun the world with strokes of heaven's palette.
Your jagged peaks stand resolute.
Your war-making grieves the very earth beneath.
But you remain an unpolished jewel.
Invaded. Trampled. Revered. Feared. Conquered. Beloved.
Yet you are defiant.
Kabul jan (Dari for 'dear'),
The God you do not yet fully know will vindicate you in the end,
And teach you to love again.

Project Awal: Songs of Peace in a City of War | Janielle Beh
[Cover Photo: Midsummer's night on a rooftop in Kōtal-e Khaīr Khānah, Kabul. Photo by Janielle Beh.]

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Welcome to my wayfaring world of stories. I’m a traveling musician and music educator from Melbourne living in Kabul, Afghanistan. Join me on my quest to embrace people of peace in tough places, inspire creative education where none exists, spark conversations that challenge the status quo, and collaborate with like-minded young people to catalyze a movement of peacemaking through acts of compassion and creativity among the young and free. As a nomad at heart, my ‘home’ is wherever I journey with people on the ground and discover life on the frontiers.