Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Day to Day

The turn over with the guys we are replacing is going well, and what seemed overwhelming when we first got here, is quickly becoming the day to day. I have now gone on some missions, done some paperwork, sat in on some briefings, seen some local construction, ate some local food, met with some local political leaders and gave some kids a few pens. I haven’t done it all by any means, but I have done enough to know that this reconstruction mission is both noble and extremely difficult.

Just like my first night in Afghanistan, there are still events that remind you that it is not “all quite on the western front”. Today we had two children playing outside the gate get blown up by a land mine. One of the kids died as a result of his wounds and the other had to be airlifted to another medical facility. Interestingly enough this came off the heels of talking to our local engineer about how poorly the Soviets treated the Afghans. He also brought up that the coalition forces respect the people; we build schools and roads and MEDEVAC the locals when they are in need. Knowing that we can do some good helps on days like this.

Thank you and God Bless.

3 comments:

Ryan said...

That's crazy stuff. It's neat to hear what the locals have to say about things.

Anonymous said...

Hey Old Buddy,

Sounds like you are having a lot of "fun"...

Marilyn are so proud of you and what you are doing...

Keep up the Blog, it's really nice to hear your inputs..

Love, Chuck and Marilyn.

Anonymous said...

Loved the pictures.....

I gesss all is not quiet on the front....

But what you do does sound very interesting.

As I said before, keep your head down.

We pray for you and our thoughts are always with you.

Love, Annue and Ken