It's past 10 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and Zarifa Ghafari is running late for work. Six days a week, she commutes from her home in Kabul to Maidan Shar, the embattled capital of Wardak province, where she serves as the youngest female mayor in the country. Her office is just 30 miles southwest of the Afghan capital. But getting there requires a drive down National Highway 1, a massive U.S.-built showpiece once hailed as "the most visible sign" of America's commitment to rebuilding Afghanistan after decades of war. Seventeen years after its completion, the highway is a glaring symbol of America's failures, scarred with bomb-blast craters that snarl traffic and under constant attack from a resurgent Taliban . "Every time I leave home I'm thinking this trip might be the last one," says Ghafari. "This dangerous road could decide my fate." Related At a Pivotal Moment in Afghanistan, Journalists Are Being Killed in Record Numbers ‘Kids Being Kids’: Slint Look Back on ‘Spiderland’ at 30 Related Xmas or Bust: The Untold Story of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Country’s 15 Highest Drug Odes On the outskirts of Kabul, we detour around a bridge that recently collapsed. The asphalt starts to… Read full this story
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