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Kabul Korrespondence

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

Had to post this.

Monday, March 05, 2007

(Kabul, Afghanistan-AP) March 4, 2007 - The fallout continues from a suicide bomb attack on a US Marine convoy in eastern Afghanistan and the subsequent shooting deaths of eight Afghan civilians. The US military is investigating the incident, which also left as many as 35 civilians hurt.

Afghan journalists, including a freelance photographer working for The Associated Press and a cameraman working for AP Television News, say US troops deleted their photos and video. They say they were also warned not to publish or air any images of US troops or a car where three Afghans were shot to death.

The AP plans to lodge a protest with the US military.
posted by Travis, 5:07 pm | link | 5 comments |


After 9 grueling weeks of classes in the fundamentals of photojournalism, 8 Afghans recieved their certificate in basic photojournalsim.

The event was also the launch of the 11th edition of Pawaz childrens magazine, so 100 children who sell the magazine on the streets of Kabul were invited too.

The event was attended by heads of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Information, plus numerous national Afghan media outlets.

The Ministers presented the students with their certificates, under my watchful eye.

The students have now been invited to part take in a 3 month trial period, where they will be given real assignments to complete. If they do a stella job, they will eventually be signed to Aina Photo Agency as professional photojournalists.

So the 5th photojournalism course at Aina Media and Cultural Centre has finished. The students were happy, managment was happy, sponsors were happy and I was happy. Happy that I had opened the door of opportunity to 8 young Afghans. Happy to teach them the bigger picture of the international media industry in all its entirety. Happy that my classes exposed them to what they could do in contributing to the development of their country. Congratualtions Mariam, Hameed, Sohrab, Nasim, Tamana, Zamarai, Tamim and Jawad. I hope this is the 5th of many more courses to come!
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Last Thursday I served my students with a 33 question exam. (hahaahaha)

The exam covered everything they had learned in the last 8 weeks of the photojournalism course, from camera operation to field techniques.

I only had one rule in the exam, no communicating in Dari (Afghan national language)

The students tried again and again to talk to each other in Dari. In the end I had to seperate several students from the group.

The good news is that every student passed with marks between 55% and 87%. Well done!
posted by Travis, 12:03 pm | link | 2 comments |