39004 The wreckage of one of the US Blackhawk helicopter downed with rocket-propelled-grenades RPG by somali militias during clashes around the Olympic Hotel in October 1993.
17 US Rangers lost their lives; the death toll amongst the militias ranked over 700
39009 Shared television in this bar in front of "Al-Sahafi" Hotel in December 1993
39041 This small child, dubbed "Bokassa" used to greet Military cars for months, everytime they passed by his street corner in south Mogadishu
39037 Gen. Aidid's supporter
39047 Along the green line in Mogadishu, 1992
39102 Seashore in Merca, March 1994
39154 Digfer Hospital in Mogadishu, December 1992
39062 Italian architectural remnants at old seaport in Mogadishu
39088 Local trucker
39115 Money changers at Mogadishu seaport, March 1994
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]