Afghan Couchsurfing host Majidi, center, eats breakfast with his guests Bjorn, right, and Barr in Kabul.
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The 'naive, reckless' tourists couchsurfing in AfghanistanSeeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. Despite the country's decaying security nearly 2,000 Afghans -- the vast majority of them men -- have signed up to host guests on the social networking platform, which connects travellers around the world with locals who are willing to put them up for free.Once a popular stop on the well-worn hippy trail between Europe and South Asia in the 1970s, Afghanistan has seen the number of foreign travellers crossing its borders dwindle in the past four decades of almost nonstop conflict.But dozens still make the dangerous journey every year, ignoring clear warnings from their own governments to stay away from a country infested with suicide attackers, kidnappers and armed robbers, and which by some estimates is now the world's deadliest conflict zone.That is what happened to North American couple Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, who were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 .Barr and Augestad are not oblivious to the potential pitfalls of travelling independently in Afghanistan -- where the Taliban and Daesh (ISIS) terrorize much of the country.
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