CIR correspondent Anna Badkhen documents her month-long trek across northern Afghanistan in a series of journals for Foreign Policy magazine.

She began her journey in Kabul, pondering the routes through war-torn territory: “When I show an Afghan aid worker in Kabul the road I want to take, one that humps over the Hindu Kush and descends into Afghanistan’s northern plains, he shakes his head: This road is off limits. He knows what the map does not show — that every ridge along the way can be a firing line; every gorge, an ambush; every valley, the backdrop for a massacre.”

Read her first week of journal entries here: The Crossing