Photos: Afghans send sympathy and love to Boston, whose pain they know all too well

(Beth Murphy/Principle Pictures)

A stirring photo project out of Afghanistan illustrates just how widely Monday's tragedy in Boston has been felt around the world – even in places where the United States is often criticized.

Documentary filmmaker Beth Murphy, a Bostonian and marathoner working in Afghanistan, took the photos for "To Boston. From Kabul. With Love" after receiving a text from her husband about the bomb blasts that killed three and injured scores of others near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. His messages assuring her that he and their young daughter were okay, Murphy wrote in a blog post, reminded her of the many similar message she herself had sent during her trips to Afghanistan. The country suffered more than 15,000 incidents involving explosive devices (IEDs) in 2012.

From her post:

I talked to people here about what had happened – many had heard the news – and I saw the pain in their faces, and reminders of their own hardships. They said, “I’m so sorry,” with that defining head shake that doesn’t need another word of explanation; it says, “I understand.” ...


I listened to good and innocent people express the heartache that all us feel when other good and innocent people are suffering.

Murphy is in Afghanistan working on the documentary “What Tomorrow Brings,” which focuses on a conservative Afghan town's first all-girls school. You can see a trailer for the film here.

Here are more of the photos from the Kabul-Boston project, which shows ordinary Afghans sending their sympathy and love to Boston:

Beth Murphy/Principle Pictures

Beth Murphy/Principle Pictures

Beth Murphy/Principle Pictures

Beth Murphy/Principle Pictures

Beth Murphy/Principle Pictures
Caitlin Dewey is The Post’s digital culture critic. Follow her on Twitter @caitlindewey or subscribe to her daily newsletter on all things Internet. (
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