… and greetings from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Today marks my first holiday in Afghanistan (unless you count the Afghan New Year that was Friday). Things have been pretty quiet on the FOB this week, with construction season still just starting to get in to swing. Next week will prove to be far busier, and busy makes the time go faster.
This week we have been mostly talking to contractors on the FOB, doing paper work and tending to frantic requests. The most interesting event of this week (aside from painting Yankee pinstripes on our B-hut door), was when our local engineer brought in pictures from the national archives in Kabul. These pictures showed an Afghanistan of 40 years ago before the Soviet invasion, civil war and Taliban rule. Parts of Afghanistan looked very modern, with Kabul resembling any modern city of the era. It’s hard to believe the pictures as you are looking at them, knowing that just outside the gates there is very little, if anything, that resembles a modern city. If anything, the pictures gave me hope that, if they were so close before, peace and prosperity may be just around the corner.
Thank you and God Bless.