Why Was 'Afghan Star' Winner Nearly Killed?

But Forogh's harshest words are for the international community.

When "Afghan Star" launched in 2004, western analysts heralded it as a breakthrough for the conservative nation. Television news networks flew in reporters to document and showcase the show's popularity.

Forogh had hoped America's commitment to Afghanistan meant foreign agencies would come rushing to his aid after the attack.

But so far, they haven't

"Nobody cares," Forogh says. "Everybody's busy making money for themselves."

For now, Forogh seems destined the notion that his singing days are over.

Sitting cross legged, with a harmonia, a traditional Afghan accordion-cum-keyboard, at his fingertips, he seems lost, like a soul without purpose.

"This is my first, and my favourite song," he says, before offering a soft, emotional rendition of his hit single "Aan Gumshuda," meaning "When you Lose Your Lover" in his native Dari language.

This is what's left of Forogh's lifelong love for music: Performing alone in his living room. No microphones, no throngs of cheering fans, no one to ask his autograph.

Just a broken man, fearful for the future of his country.

Aan gumshuda, indeed.

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