The thrill of the danger: War tourism in Afghanistan


By AGENCY

Afghan Couchsurfing host Naser Majidi (centre) eats breakfast with his guests Augestad (right) and Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr at his house in Kabul. Photo: AFP

Seeking an “authentic” experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts.

Despite the country’s decaying security, nearly 2,000 Afghans – the vast majority of them men – have signed up to host guests on the social networking platform, which connects travellers around the world with locals who are willing to put them up for free.

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