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FEATURE: Bodybuilding: The pursuit of beauty in war-torn Kabul


Regardless of the method, sport can help ease the psychological trauma of nearly four decades of war, said Ali Fitrat, a psychology professor at Kabul University.

Afghans are stressed socially, culturally, financially and politically, he said, citing fighting, insecurity and poor economic conditions as some of the most devastating factors.

As such, sports, such as bodybuilding, can play a “vital role,” he said.

However, like Mohammadi, he also suggests that young men in particular have a strong desire to make their mark.

“They want to show their bodies, they want to attract the attention of the people, and they want to have different looks and to look different than the others,” he said.

However, security continues to deteriorate in Kabul, where both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have stepped up their attacks.

Many fearful residents now limit their movements.

Arezo said his gym’s membership has shrunk.

“Nowadays, people are concerned about fleeing the country rather than taking up sport,” he said.

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