Convoy of injured soldiers in Kabul traffic

13 09 2009

 

Looking from Woodwork School through Woodwork Restoration to Jewelry School

Looking from Woodwork School through Woodwork Restoration to Jewelry School

Experimental jali-style screen made from mud and straw paxha and temporary polystyrene formwork

Experimental jali-style screen made from mud and straw paxha and temporary polystyrene formwork

You get used to the tension of someone fronting up to an armed policeman or the sound of gunfire in the neighbourhood but on the way to work today an army pick-up had a different urgency. The driver was weaving through traffic as normal but the soldiers running ahead to move cars aside were panicked rather than aggressive. As the vehicles passed what struck me was the contrasting picture of calm on the injured soldier’s face as he lay unconcious in the back of the truck. The Humvee behind carried more injured. They must have been in a firefight close to town, the soldiers’ clothing was more in disarray than those at the usual Kabul ANA checkpoints.
Another day in Kabul, another view of the turmoil that surrounds us, often unseen.
DuncanDJ