Afghanistan - on the dollar trail

Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joel Sage

­Where did the $18 billion invested by the international community to rebuild Afghanistan, develop its schools, construct hospitals and eradicate the opium traffic go? Eight years after the fall of Kabul, not a single school has been built in the capital. A hospital we visited was literally falling into ruin. But there is one construction sector in full swing: that of luxury villas. In one district of Kabul, palaces are being built with lightning speed. The level of corruption, the total absence of any sense of public service, is the foremost argument the Taliban use in their propaganda. And very possibly, this situation provides a key to understanding why the rebels are making such good progress, not only in taking over the territory, but in the hearts and minds of the Afghans. 

Produced by Premieres Lignes
Directed by Paul Moreira