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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

How to Survive in Kabul: Lesson 1a

Thursday, November 27, 2008

With the recent spate of suicide bombings, assassinations and kidnappings in Kabul, a lot of people have been asking me: "Is everything ok?, Are you safe? Are you taking precautions?"

So here is a simple list of things you can do to better your chances of survival in Kabul:

1. Never travel before 10 am, sleep in, the majority of bomb attacks occur between 7-10am, (peak hour).
2.Leave you house/office at varying times through the day, don't have a regular schedule.
3. Use a motorcycle instead of a car, most people don't expect a foreigner to ride a bike.
4. When riding, distance yourself from Land Cruisers (especially white ones) or any other armoured 4WDs.
5. Distance yourself even more from any military convoys, they are higher targets than Land Cruisers.
6. When possible, avoid roads that have embassies, military bases and UN offices on them.
7. Wear local clothes, this can include a mix of Afghan and Western, as many young Afghans do mix. DON'T wear khaki coloured clothes: it is the unofficial uniform of private security contractors. (or monkeys as we call them)
8. Don't stop at Police check points, unless the guard gives you a serious wave down or points his gun at you.
9. Learn some of the language, so you can talk your way out of a situation if needed.
10. Carry some small denominations of the local currency, just in case you need to bribe a policeman (US dollars will work too)

Good luck.

KK
posted by Travis, 9:46 am

4 Comments:

Do like how it's wise to sleep in and not travel before 10am.

So civilised.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:51 am  
commented by Blogger Lin Huang, 6:15 am  
commented by Blogger 风骚达哥, 4:29 pm  
commented by Blogger Fangyaya, 2:11 pm  

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