Kiteflying

From when we toppled the Taliban:

Mr. Zamon say the sky's the limit for kite sales. "My business demand has gone up at least a hundred-fold in the last three weeks," said the 30-year veteran kite maker.

Sitting on the ground outside his Kabul shop, stripping bamboo sticks with a knife to make lightweight crossbeams for his kites, Mr. Zamon said unprecedented demand is forcing him to work night and day filling orders. In the United States, a kite-selling business probably wouldn't get a second glance even from the local high school Junior Achievement club. But in sensory-deprived Afghanistan, anyone who can quickly produce a product or service that once had the Taliban seal of disapproval is reaping huge profits.

"I used to sell stationery, but I didn't do so well," said Aurash Azizi, one 16-year-old vendor. "I switched to kites a few weeks ago, and I'm selling 20, 30, maybe 40 a day."

(Photo: Mark Ruiz, Spirit of America.)

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