Skateistan is a very unique organisation. Since 2007 Skateistan has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan. What started as two Aussies using their own boards to teach kids has now grown into a Non-Governmental Organization working with a growing number of marginalized youth in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan. Their mission statement: To use skateboarding as a tool for empowerment. They built Afghanistan’s first skatepark in 2009.

Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. It gives a rare, in-depth look into the lives of exceptional young Afghans facing incredible challenges in a city that is torn by war, but also full of life.

This 320-page color book features stunning, previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan’s founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being students to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms. Full of hope, beauty, gritty honesty – and skateboards! – this is a story about Afghanistan that you won’t find anywhere else.

Below are some extracts from the book and a little ‘Making Of’ video. Enjoy.