FAREWELL MARJAN... Marjan, the one-eyed lone
lion is no longer the king of
PICTURES from the grenade attack!
SOMALIA, ITALIAN ARMY GEN. CARMINE FIORE
39137 On an M113 armoured vehicle
39111 Gen. Carmine Fiore with Col. Holher Kammerhof, commander in chief of German contingent in Somalia, onboard "Garibaldi" assault helicopter carrier, italian flagship in Somalia
39205 Inaugurating an italian-constructed dwell in Aadala (Itala), together with local religious authorithy (Imam)
39030 Mogadishu airport, December 1993
Mournings for the military nurse Maria Cristina Luinetti (more pictures HERE) , shot dead by Mohammed Ali Musse, a mentally disabled somali (see him HERE) while at work in the italian medication post assisting local population
39121 Gen. Carmine Fiore with Ilaria Alpi, italian TV journalist, killed in Mogadishu on March 20, 1994, a few days after this picture was taken, together with Miran Hrovatin (freelance cameraman) full portfolio HERE
39204 Italian Army-supported primary school in Aadala (Itala), March 1994
39191 Gen. Carmine Fiore and US Gen. Thomas Montgomery, December 1993
39201 Greeting military nurses, December 1993
39207 Gen. Carmine Fiore with little Muraia, a six years old somali orphan who was finally adopted by an Italian Army officer
39212 With italian TV journalist, Ms. Carmen Lasorella
39175 Gen. Carmine Fiore with Mrs. Nurta Hagi Hassan Mahdi, wife of General Ali Mahdi - mighty local warlord
39208 Gen. Carmine Fiore with Lieut. Gen. Dato Aboo Samah, UNOSOM Joint chief of staff
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]