The city of Herat in western Afghanistan has experienced five years of relative calm since the fall of the Taleban, compared to the turmoil of the south. But it still faces many challenges and these provide an insight into the life of a typical Afghan city.
The violent history of Afghanistan has not left Herat untouched.
I was born in a village outside Herat in 1973. By the time I was two my family had fled for neighbouring Iran because of revolution and civil war.