Several news organizations have stories about the Jindhag project as well as Istalif in general. Please find links to newspaper, radio and TV stories below.

Backroads Radio Interviews Ali Istalifi

By Backroads Radio, National Public Radio, 2013

Art's glimmer of hope

By Natalie Storey, The New Mexican, July 13, 2007

An Afghan village destroyed by conflict finds new life through pottery

He was 8 when he saw the government soldiers hiding behind fences near his school with their guns cocked.

“Go away,” they told Ali Istalifi and his friends. “Get out of the way.”

The school was near the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Every day after the Soviet Union invaded the country, residents faced the danger of a coup d’état and all-out war.

When school employees began asking students whether they knew any of the fighters resisting the newly installed communist government, Ali’s parents, who were art dealers, decided it was time to go. It was the beginning of his country’s decent into chaos, but at the time nobody predicted how bad it would get.

It also was the beginning of a long journey that led Ali to this weekend’s Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, where he will be selling traditional pottery from his hometown.

Read the rest of the story at The Free New Mexican

Santa Fe folk art fest highlights pottery from a war-ravaged Afghan village

By Ollie Reed, Jr., The Albuquerque Tribune, July 13, 2007

Afghan crafts dealer Ali Istalifi acknowledges the amazing cultural exchange that is at the heart of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.

After all, the market, now in its fourth year, is the largest such festival in the United States. This year, 113 artists from 41 countries are taking part.

This week, Istalifi himself brought to the market 3,000 pieces of pottery created by the artisans in his ancestral village of Istalif, Afghanistan.

For Istalifi, however, the market means more than the extraordinary chance to mix with and learn from other cultures. For him, it offers a foothold in the future for his war-weary country.

Read the rest of the story at The Albuquerque Tribune

Safety, Prosperity Return to Afghan Village

By Renee Montagne, National Public Radio, October 20, 2006

Five years after the invasion of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, the Taliban has been making a comeback in the country's south. But in the north, at least one village known for its colorful pottery has found peace and prosperity.

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From the Rubble of War: Afghan Success Story

Stephen Frazier interview with Ali Istalifi, CNN International – World News, July 7, 2007