In downtown Kandahar, a deserted park and Ferris wheel serve as another reminder of thwarted hopes. Built in the mid-2000s, the wheel has been idle for two years according to a guard, Abdullah Jan Samad. It isn’t broken, he said, it just needs electricity. A major U.S.-funded project to get reliable electricity to the city has floundered and generators that were supposed to provide a temporary solution only operate part-time because of fuel shortages.
‘‘The government should be paying for maintenance for the Ferris wheel,’’ the guard said. ‘‘When you build something you should also make sure to maintain it.’’
Associated Press Writer Mirwais Khan contributed to this report from Kandahar.