The Train Through Hairatan 🚄 |🇦🇫 NATO in Afghanistan
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The Train Through Hairatan 🚄 |🇦🇫 NATO in Afghanistan

January 9, 2020

Bringing goods over land from far away, the
train is a common sight in many Asian countries. But due to war, poverty and the fear of invasion
the age of the railway passed Afghanistan by. Until today.
A modest seventy-five kilometers of track is enough to connect the neighbouring country
of Uzbekistan with Afghanistan, passing over the Soviet constructed “friendship bridge”
on the river Amu and passing through the river port of Hairatan.
Completed in less than a year in late 2010, the cargo line has been a team effort. Built
by Uzbeks, funded by the Asian Development bank and facilitated by Afghans.
“Ninety people, including the deputy of railway of Uzbekistan, who’s now the governor
of Arqaam, came here and we provided them a base and security. We also cleared the area
from mines. If we weren’t working hard on this we could have lost this huge achievement.”
For a land-locked country like Afghanistan, a blossoming economy depends heavily on import
and export, which relies for the main part on huge convoys of trucks going in and out
of the country. As well as huge delays at customs stations, these convoys are also vulnerable
to attack. As the carriages are sealed at origin, the
train doesn’t need to be checked by customs, making it much quicker. Haji Najeeb is also
proud of the security his town has provided to their new technology.
“Discipline and security like we have here, you won’t find in 364 districts of Afghanistan.
At night people’s doors are open; our businessmen come and go by night or day without any anxiety.
They load, unload and transfer their goods.” The train’s terminus is the historic city
of Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of the border province of Balkh, but ambitions for Afghanistan’s
railways stretch much further. After three years of training, Uzbekistan
will hand over control to the newly created Afghan Railyway Department to preside over
plans to extend the railway lines west through Herat to Iran and east through gate of Torkham
to Pakistan. And although the train is strictly cargo-only
for now, there have been a few passengers already. “Recently the chief of railways in Uzbekistan
visited and I personally went with him in train until Mazar airport. The construction
work in one hundred per cent finished without any problems. It’s ready for use, so now we’re
just waiting for the Afghan authorities to open it officially.” And perhaps it’s not too hard to imagine that
this new transcontinental cargo silk road will one day connect Afghanistan beyond its
neighbours and to the rest of the world. This is Ruth Owen, in Afghanistan, for the
NATO Channel.


  • Reply Uhmu November 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    @bloodyhawk989 Well, when you are at the rock bottom, the only way is up 😛

  • Reply Royal Tanha November 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    the best thing ever happened in Afghanistan for the afghans and their economy.

  • Reply perdition79 November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Trade routes and resource control are why all wars are fought. He who controls the spice controls the universe.

  • Reply Naseeb Afghan December 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    very goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

  • Reply Eimal Dorani December 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Why you uploaded this video public?
    Let our very first railway be safe,Please remove it; otherwise ISI will … 🙁

  • Reply momo5288 December 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    ‎"The age of the railway passed Afghanistan by…." Actually King Amanuallah Khan in the 1920s built a few small railways outside of Kabul.

  • Reply vic87m April 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I can see Afghanistan being more prosperous than Pakistan in next 40 years.
    With loads of love for our brother country, from India.

  • Reply I Love The Way U lie June 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

    why is that their are a lot of people does now want afghanistan to prosper

  • Reply flyboy8501 December 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I served in Afghanistan and was in hairatan, this city is probably the friendliest place to be. Guarding the railway was something these guys are serious about, and they are right when they say people are not afraid in this city. If the rest of Afghanistan resembled it, there wouldn't be a war.

  • Reply I Love The Way U lie May 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

    so this is how america is destroying afghanistan?

  • Reply ahmad basim Hamza April 21, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Afghanistan Railway Authority (AFRA) have the key role in maintenance of 75 km main line, 30 km sub-railway line consisting of 5 stations ( Hairatan, Jairatan, Taza-Omid, Naibabad and Mazar e sharif) and other project from Mashad to Khawaf of Herat province is under construction plus many other projects on railway are under survey and inshallah soon we will see 100 kilometers railway line inside Afghanistan Borders.

  • Reply William Esposito November 29, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Really interesting to see they are using the Russian standards, rather then American ones or Chinese.

  • Reply Jawad Haider April 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    US should link Mazar with Kabul by Railway system.

  • Reply A S February 22, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    hello beautiful video congratulations for information an old issue of french magazine about afghanistan railway – Afghanistan demain le rail – vie du rail – n°1542 – 09/05/1976

  • Reply Nikolay Marchenko June 11, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Добрый день, Я этот мост строил 81-82гг. Тогда он назывался мост «Дружбы» а сейчас «Хайратон».

  • Reply AmirBi Hadaf September 16, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Afghanstan Levo ❤🇦🇫

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