An Al Jazeera team visited the Al-Khalil bookstore in Kabul, Afghanistan’s largest city, in a bid to change the fate of a bookstore for a record $500 million.
“There is a huge market for books, and I see that in Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Shahabzai, who runs the Kabul Booksellers Association.
“We want to take advantage of this market to change a lot of things,” he added, citing the increasing popularity of reading.
Shahabzai said that the bookstore was originally planned for a market in the north of Kabul, but because of security threats, the bookshop was moved to a different part of the city.
“We will soon open a second store in the south,” he said.
Bookshop for a Record$500MIn 2016, Al Jazeera visited the bookstore in a search for new and old books, which were also being sold.
We were told the price would be $100 million.
Al Jazeera’s Qassim Rashid reported from Kabul.