All the following pictures have been taken in Benguema training camp, 25 miles south-east of Freetown. Here, 1000-fresh recruits batches are trained by British Army instructors. They receive much more than basic training, coming to a complete training in 7 weeks. Apparently the British did not supply anything but fatigues and SLRs, self loading rifles.
56214 Orienteering lesson for this recruit
56443 Mr. Sam Hinga Norman, Defense Deputy Minister, and undiscussed leader of CDF (Civil Defense Forces, the Kamajors), in Benguema training camp to greet British Army officers and recruits as well.
56201 Recruits, and a few women between them
56332 British troops from the Training team (2nd Btg., 7th Anglian Regiment)
56215 Orienteering training
56446 Mr. Sam Hinga Norman with Sierra Leone (right) and British Army (left) officers
56448 Major Nick Nottingham (2nd Btg., 7th Anglian Regiment), (left) and Mr. Sam Hinga Norman (right)
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]