FAREWELL MARJAN... Marjan, the one-eyed lone
lion is no longer the king of
PICTURES from the grenade attack!
Dear Friends, these few lines are just to address You, newcomers or long-time returning visitors, my heartful thanks. The success of this one-man website, run with much more enthusiasm than means, is based - day after day - upon Your interest in what happens to women and men like You and me, in countries forgotten, often several time zones far away.
Your curiosity and genuine simpathy for other people - that is, after all, for mankind - regardless of politics, religion or skin colour honours me, and keeps us all - I think - a little bit more alive.
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]