Delaware is pretty Trashy
I blame the Liquor stores
But there’s still some ballin’ stuff
In a war-torn city thousands of miles away, children who don’t share your language, religion, culture, or race are immersed in the same games you’ve played countless times in your own home, like Tekken, Mortal Kombat, and Super Mario Bros. The world these kids hope to escape, though, is much more harrowing than our daily annoyances.
Photojournalist Iason Athanasiadis visited an arcade in Kabul, Afghanistan to learn about the youths who have taken refuge in one of the capital’s dilapidated gaming centers, a small room with two rows of battered cabinets — some setups consisting of little more than computers attached to large CRT monitors and arcade sticks.
Athanasiadis gave us permission to share two photos that aren’t included in his profile of the makeshift arcade for The Christian Science Monitor. We’ve posted the images after the break with excerpts from the article: