• A group of boys running through the cemetery in a village in Helmand.
  • Rolling hills near Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.
  • Two women leaving the market in Lashkar Gah.
  • Early morning in Kabul.
  • School girls in Lashkar Gah.
  • Helicopters leaving Lashkar Gah for Camp Bastion.
  • The Helmand River.
  • Flying between Lashkar Gah and Camp Bastion.
  • Cigarette and coffee in the cafe in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province.
  • Calling the girlfriend in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province.
  • Imagine a rectangle, four miles long by two miles wide, drawn almost at random in the flat emptiness of the southern Afghanistan desert. Fill it with cargo containers, white polythene tents and all kinds of amusement facilities like this beach volley pitch, and you have an idea of Camp Bastion, the main Danish and British military base in lawless Helmand province.
  • A traditional grave in a cemetery in Helmand.
  • Money exchange in the market.
  • Traffic jam in Kabul.
  • Coffee house in Kabul.
  • Mountain ridges in Helmand.
  • Street scene in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province.
  • School boys in a public school in Lashkar Gah.
  • Burka silhouette in Kabul.
  • Mountain view from a Hercules plane on the way from Camp Bastion to the Pakistani border.
  • Carpet shop salesmen in Kabul.
  • Traditional village life in Helmand.
  • Early morning in Kabul.
  • The evening sun reflected in The Helmand River.
  • A group of boys running through the cemetery in a village in Helmand.
  • Rolling hills near Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.
  • Two women leaving the market in Lashkar Gah.
  • Early morning in Kabul.
  • School girls in Lashkar Gah.
  • Helicopters leaving Lashkar Gah for Camp Bastion.
  • The Helmand River.
  • Flying between Lashkar Gah and Camp Bastion.
  • Cigarette and coffee in the cafe in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province.
  • Calling the girlfriend in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province.
  • Imagine a rectangle, four miles long by two miles wide, drawn almost at random in the flat emptiness of the southern Afghanistan desert. Fill it with cargo containers, white polythene tents and all kinds of amusement facilities like this beach volley pitch, and you have an idea of Camp Bastion, the main Danish and British military base in lawless Helmand province.
  • A traditional grave in a cemetery in Helmand.
  • Money exchange in the market.
  • Traffic jam in Kabul.
  • Coffee house in Kabul.
  • Mountain ridges in Helmand.
  • Street scene in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province.
  • School boys in a public school in Lashkar Gah.
  • Burka silhouette in Kabul.
  • Mountain view from a Hercules plane on the way from Camp Bastion to the Pakistani border.
  • Carpet shop salesmen in Kabul.
  • Traditional village life in Helmand.
  • Early morning in Kabul.
  • The evening sun reflected in The Helmand River.

Helmand sky

2010

In June 2011, President Obama announced his plan to begin the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, but there is currently no end date for the war in the troubled country. Helmand is the largest province in Afghanistan, and the heart of the war against terror. Commanders on the ground have described the situation as the most brutal conflict the British Army has been involved in since the Korean War. Much of the fighting between NATO and Taliban forces is taking place in this province and Helmand is a true Taliban stronghold. The Helmand River flows through the mainly desert region. With these images I am trying to show a softer side to this troubled area of Afghanistan.