This video and article highlight the political significance of a dance. Sometimes difficult to talk about, are the social and political implications of dancing. To different people and different communities, dance can mean different things. This article describes one moment in which a dance meant a political truce and ceasefire for one day amid decades of violence.
Social media users in Afghanistan have been circulating a video for captured on the second day of Eid al-Fitr holiday showing a Taliban militant dancing with an Afghan soldier to the tunes of Pashtun music in the background.
The video begins with one of the soldiers pointing a gun at the Taliban militant joking with him as he invites him to dance. They begin dancing together when another Afghan soldier joins them in applause, as the dancing soldier fires his gun in joy.
Both the Afghan government and the militants declared temporary ceasefires for the end-of-Ramadan Eid al-Fitr holiday, leading to fraternization between the two sides as militants emerged from their hideouts to enter towns and cities...