FAREWELL MARJAN... Marjan, the one-eyed lone
lion is no longer the king of
PICTURES from the grenade attack!
To my colleagues and travelmates who provided me the confort of their skill and the warmth of their friendship. To a bunch of heartful drivers / translators who proved sometimes decisive in achieving several of the portfolios issued on this site. I wish I knew more about their current condition, but I hope they are - all of them - truly safe and sound.
To Gigi, the invaluable lab-man who has processed ALL of my films during these past years, soothing more than once - in the meanwhile - my wounded soul .
To my good friends at Corriere della Sera, major italian newspaper, who allowed me to enrich this site with a huge number of their articles.
Finally, to my Mac guru friends from Macatwork, who provided help and assistance in designing and setting up this site
Last but not at all least, to little Carolina who did flood my life with joy and my wife Paola, always inspiring, often stiff critic,whom this site is fully dedicated to.
If You're looking at my pictures here, it's due to their being there. Love.
Farewell, good ol' Marjan... The lone king of Kabul zoo succumbs to his age at 48, after surviving years and years of deprivations and symbolizing to kabulis the spirit of resiliency itself Well.....that's sad news, indeed. To my eyes, Marjan symbolized hope. However, in thinking about that dear old lion's death I choose to believe that when he heard the swoosh of kites flying over Kabul, heard the roars from the football stadium, experienced the renewed sounds of music in the air and heard the click-click of chess pieces being moved around chessboards....well, the old guy knew that there was plenty of hope around and it was okay for him to let go and fly off, amid kite strings, to wherever it is the spirits of animals go.
Peace to you Marjan and peace to Afghanistan.
[Diana Smith, via the Internet]