The villagers in Karz, Afghanistan, the birthplace of President Hamid Karzai and the ancestral home of the country’s ruling family, are suffering from a deficit of government funding and support. Instead they must turn to the powerful local elders for assistance, pleading for everything from electricity for their irrigation pumps and clinics for their sick children to information on the whereabouts of relatives detained by American troops.
June 29, 2012 A guard walks in the garden of Hashmat Karzai’s mansion in the village of Karz, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. Karz is the ancestral home of Afghanistan’s ruling family and the birthplace of President Hamid Karzai, Hashmat’s cousin. The village is relatively safe, but residents lament the lack of electricity and health-care facilities. In the absence of government support, local residents fall back on those who can provide: the wealthy and powerful. And the most prominent resident in this village is Karzai. Lorenzo Tugnoli/The Washington Post Buy Photo