FAREWELL MARJAN... Marjan, the one-eyed lone
lion is no longer the king of
PICTURES from the grenade attack!
TRAVELMATES - COMPAGNI DI VIAGGIO
Scott Peterson (photographer, journalist, current Moscow Bureau Chief for Christian Science Monitor)
39046 Mogadishu, Somalia, July 9, 1993, Pasta Factory checkpoint.
From left: Scott Peterson (Gamma-Liaison), Hansi Krauss (Associated Press), Stefano Brunelli (Canale 5), Eric Cabanis (Agence France Press) onboard an italian military vehicle, encircled by a not-so-welcoming somali crowd. Three days after, Hansi Krauss, together with Dan Eldon and Anthony Macharia (all of them from Reuters), would be killed by an enraged mob in Mogadishu, soon after US Cobra choppers bombed a compound intending to hit warlord Mohammead Farah Aidid.
You may read my tribute to these fallen colleagues HERE
461596 Performing as a free-climber just outside our rotten guest house in Jabal-Seraj, Afghanistan
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]