In early 2014, Mohammad Iwaz, a young musician from Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, fled his village with his wife and two young sons. They relocated to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Kabul because they could no longer live among the Taliban who were constantly threatening him to stop playing his music. He made a living playing a traditional instrument called the japani and often performed at weddings and parties thrown by warlords in Helmand. He is well known in the IDP camp for playing the japani and he often plays for the other IDPs, who also join in by playing other instruments and singing traditional songs from their villages in Helmand. Many of the IDPs in Kabul are also from Helmand province who had to flee from the heavy fighting still taking place between the Taliban and international forces.
Iwaz still dreams of making a living for his family by playing the japani in Kabul.