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On “The Smog of War”

As I write this, my Twitter stream just lit up with news of a bomb blast in Kunduz, a town in northern Afghanistan (near Tajikistan). Suicide bomber. Killed the anti-terrorism chief of the province.

In other words: whatever. It happens all the time, or seems to anyway. That was the whole story of Afghanistan, bomb-blasts and intractable zealots, until I met, talked to, and read the stories of some teenage Afghan students. So, anyway, read about this education in an article I wrote for The Morning News.

I didn’t title the piece (“The Smog of War”) but the more that I think about it, the better it is. Smog is man-made pollution that disrupts our vision. And, indeed, the smog was a self-imposed ignorance of Afghanistan rather than a natural fog.

If you happen to be reading this and are interested in supporting students like the ones profiled in the article, please consider supporting The Foundation for Afghanistan. If you are interested in more stories by Afghan women, The Afghan Women’s Writing Project is wonderful.