Mustafa, aged 19 (although he is unsure of exact age) is a labourer on the Turquoise Mountain project rebuilding the old town centre, Murad khane. He is single and lives with his parents. The monkey is called Shadi.
“Before Turquoise Mountain came here it was very bad. Everywhere smelt, it was full of rubbish and the sewage – people just threw it out in front of their houses - Before I was just polishing shoes, now I get $5 dollars a day.”
The charity was set up by Rory Stewart. He was asked personally by Prince Charles to take on the task of rebuilding the ancient heart of Kabul. His charity using local labour and the goodwill of the community is substantially into the task and has also set up a school training Afghans in traditional crafts. The area had literally been turned into a rubbish dump, now though using ancient skills the buildings are being restored to their former glory, Stewart is hopeful that he can contribute significantly to the local economy.