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Kabul Korrespondence

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

Hitting Home

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today there was a 'significant' attack on a UN guest house in central Kabul. No more than 1 km from my house. After the smoke had cleared everyone is talking about the effects it will have on us and our lives here in Kabul. 'We will all be so drastically effected.'

But when my best friend and flatmate Hamid woke him me today to tell me about the attack, my first question was how many have been killed? He answered: 'Oh, only 5 foreigners.'

This is not the first time I have seen him act so unfazed about an attack near us. We have talked about it and he told me a story of a our mutual friend of ours trying to identify his dead father out of 100s of dead bodies spread all over the road.

Hamid and most Afghans have seen incidents far greater in tragedy than today's attack, so when the reports come through they listen and then get on with it [life]. If only I could tell you stories that they have told me.......

I don't want to play down today's attack, but we all know when we come here what we are risking and therefore should not be surprised when it happens.

RIP to those UN workers and all that die for senseless reasons in this conflict.
posted by Travis, 11:52 pm

8 Comments:

Travis, I truly pray for your safetly. I know you are happy there and doing good work. But know that you are thought of often and prayed for from here in Mexico. BTW, we moved to the beach...maybe NOW you'll come visit. Hugs to you. thanks for the update.
Stacy
commented by Blogger Valdes Miller Family, 12:49 am  
ooooohhhhh i couldnt think of anything more i could want now: beach, beer and mexican food! im on my way!
commented by Blogger Travis, 5:45 pm  
can i come ?
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:39 pm  
Come one, come all! Well...maybe. But Travis...you are always welcome. I'll keep a cold one in the fridge for ya! Be safe.
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