Afghanistan’s tough year, but optimism persists


“A spark of joy, a ray of hope in Afg inferno,” tweeted the renowned Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary over the weekend, referring to last week’s spectacular triumphs by the Afghan national football and cricket teams in regional and international games.

The tweet also contextualised the momentary euphoria and reminded the readers of the “inferno” in which Afghanistan has been struggling throughout 2015.