FAREWELL MARJAN... Marjan, the one-eyed lone
lion is no longer the king of
PICTURES from the grenade attack!
TALEBAN, WHO ARE THEY?
460428 New Road, north of Kabul. The commander of a Taleban-manned rocket launcher post
460092 Maidan Shar, guarding the tank parking
460120 Maidan Shar
These Taleban fighters kept me under strict surveillance together with the journalist who was traveling with me, Mrs. Maria Grazia Cutuli, while we were waiting to interview the commander of the local garrison.
460347 Kabul, Jade Maywand
460209 Maidan Shar
460434 Kabul, Inter-Continental Hotel
these young fighters were in charge of the security around the hotel. All foreign journalists were staying there and were requested to work only with "certified" drivers and translators.
The local commander with his deputy. I arrived in Tagab late in the afternoon. Due to reports about local mujaheddin commanders looting travelers along the road, I was glad to spend the night in Tagab where I was most kindly hosted
460381 This young fighter had suffered seriuos injuries due to an antipersonnel mine blast, and was being treated in ICRC Orthopedic Center in Kabul
460580 Tagab garrison
461159 Fighters in Tagab
461162 Taleb fighter shooting a rocket-propelled grenade
461164 Local mullah and post commander
461173 Jade Maiwand, Kabul
461181 Fighter with RPG-7
461152 In tagab, I met the local garrison commander at dusk, and stopped there for the night. He was an excellent host
461250 Armored vehicle on the new road, just north of Kabul
461190 Commander of a post on the new road, Kabul. I took thi s picture after ahving tea with him, inside this container which was working as advanced post. Temperature outside was well below zero.
461256 BM-21 rocket launcher
461189 Artillery post on the new road, Kabul
461187 New Road, north of Kabul. The commander of a rocket launcher post
461157 Commander of a post on the new road, Kabul.
461179 Preparing hot tea in frontline trenches, new road, Kabul
461177 Souvenir picture for the Tagab garrison
461176 Taleban garrison in Maidan Shar
461259 Rocket launchers on the new road, a few miles from Kabul
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]