I visited Afghanistan in a recent trip through Second Life. It was quite an interesting trip to see some unknown aspects of the country we are at war with. There are two quite distinct areas to visit, with one being a museum of art, and the other an area about a women’s activist group.
The Afghanistan museum has quite a bit of interesting displays. The museum contains everything from maps of the country, animals in the land, to food that is served. It is a very informative area on the country giving interesting facts and figures. My eyes were opened to aspects of it I never considered due to the conflict existing between our countries. It brings you to realize that the land is filled with other human beings, living animals, and culture just as our country is. One of the interesting facts contained information about the Taliban, the area of the land they occupy, and the clothing they make the women wear. There is even examples of the clothing present for you to examine! Many musical instruments from the nation are on display, many sparking my interest as to how they might sound and be played.
A virtual tour of a tribute room by the activist group RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) is another feature. It has many facts about the women of the country and their oppressed rights, including the troubles brought on by the war our country has staged there. It can raise many feelings being from the United States, as their country is portrayed as the enemy in my land. But trying to remain neutral and un-opinionated, many facts are raised that begin to hit home and make you realize that they are a country of people that have feelings and emotions, just as we do, and that they have just as much of a right to life and freedom as we do!
It makes you realize how big the world is, as Afghanistan is more than just a picture on the evening news where we are blowing up bombs. It is a land filled with humans, animals, art, and life! They have different customs, characteristics and traits, but this virtual world brings one to realize that it is filled with beauty and life. Something that should not be destroyed by war, but embellished and enjoyed by those in the land! The picture above definitely makes you realize how war has effected this land and makes you wonder what the headlines are on the newspaper in the machine!