56246 SLA road checkpoint in Mile 91, a strategic junction 91 miles east of Freetown
56230 SLA stronghold in Masiaka
56297 PAtrolling around with SLA troops between Masiaka and Rogberi junction
56292 Lunch time in an SLA firld campment
56189 Queing for lunch in Benguema training camp
56195 Recruits in Benguema
56270 Patrolling around in Mile 91 area
56290 SLA checkpoint in Mile 91
56232 SLA convoy around Mile 91
56279 Wounded West Side Boys militias, on the Freetown-Masiaka road. West Side Boys militia, a paramilitary side formation which has shifted camp several times in these last few months, is universally seen as a threat to stability and openly opposed by SLA.
56209 Recruits in Benguema
56238 Truck-mounted Anti Aircraft gun
56193 Fresh recruits in Benguema. Aside from shoes, they were well equipped, with SLRs (Self Loading Rifles)
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]