Irrigation; Canals; Shepherds; Sheep; International agricultural assistance;
An Afghan shepherd waters his sheep in a canal. The first phase of Morrison-Knudsen's 1946 contract with the royal government of Afghanistan was mostly funded by Afghanistan's export of a curly type of sheep wool called Caracul.
T.Y. Johnston, M-K Afghanistan project manager, poses on top of a culvert in a section of the Boghra canal system, possibly near Shagai Manda. Each concrete feature constructed on the canal system was numbered for maintenance purposes.
The Wilbur tour group travels along side a Boghra canal in a Willys station wagon. The Boghra canal system already existed in Afghanistan before Morrison-Knudsen arrived in 1946. M-K was hired to upgrade the system to handle the constant flow of...