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Hello and welcome to my blog. It is a blog about an Air Force Physician that was reluctantly deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan for 6 months.

I have to admit, I did not exactly volunteer for the deployment, and I was a little anxious about how it would all turn out. I ended up making the best of it, and surprisingly, I actually had a pleasant, life changing, experience.

I decided to keep the blog up and running because I kept on hearing, "Why is it that you only hear the bad news coming from Iraq and Afghanistan." I figured that I was helping spread a positive message about what we are doing over. Even more important, I wanted to continue to spread the word about the plight of the Afghan people, 99.9% of which are the most incredibly friendly people that you will ever meet. The title picture is a great example of that. I have never encountered such genuinely warm and friendly people. It was so strange to see so many people with so little material objects, yet at the same time, filled with so much of the joy that comes with close family ties, abundant friends, and a close knit community. We could definetly learn a lot from them.

You may notice, as you read the blog in its entirety, my arc. I shift from focusing on myself and my personal comforts, to shifting my focus on the Afghan cause. It is very easy to get distracted by the hustle of daily life and the comforts that the U.S. provides. It is really a challenge to awake from that coma and to start to care and think about the welfare of other people unrelated to you. I think it really took me about 4 or 5 months before I really opened my eyes and became personally affected by what I was experiencing. I hope I was able to recreate it.

I have tried to keep the blog squeaky clean so as to not offend anyone (or get me in trouble-I am still in the military). Even though I am a political junky with very strong personal opinions I have been steadfast in keeping this site free of any politics. I was called to do a job and I tried to do it to the best of my ability regardless of my political stance.

I recreated the blog to read more like a book, or should I say blook (get used to the corniness it only gets worse from here) just to make it an easier read. I have removed some names and pictures just to keep it more anonymous. I hope that it helps in making it less about me and more about the cause.

Lastly, in the spirit of the blog, I decided to include the Chipin Widget that I used to raise money for Nazia. If I get any additional money I will send the funds to The Women of Hope Project and someone over in Kabul will discretely give it to her (unless I hear otherwise). You can also contribute directly to the Women of Hope Project website. They are a wonderful cause. If you enjoy this blog then feel free to contribute. I am sure that once you read her story you will be very moved.

So kick back. Get ready to hopefully laugh and definitely cry.
If you like what you read then post a comment. I will be continuously editing this site in an attempt to improve it. Who knows maybe one day it will become a book!

Enjoy. Thanks for reading.

-Shazdoc

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Pol-e Charki School Visit

“Never raise your hand to your children; it leaves your midsection unprotected.”
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Robert Orben

I just got back from a Humanitarian Assistance (HA) mission. We went to a school located in Pol-e Charki. All I have to say is that it was absolute pandemonium. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget. We pulled up to the school with 9 vehicles. One of them was a flat bed truck with 14 “inserts” on them. Inserts are large 5 foot x 5 foot cardboard boxes. The boxes were loaded with brand new cloths, shoes, and school supplies. I have to emphasize that although it was chaotic it was not angry chaos, rather, it was more like excited chaos. I would compare it to teenie boppers at a High School Musical concert kind of crazy. The children were all very nice and fun they were just all very excited to see us. When we got there we unloaded the flatbed truck and spread out into different parts of the school. I was assigned to the “primary school” which is grades 1st-5th which had about 1,300 students.


As you can see from some of the pictures in the photo book on the right column the school is not exactly in the best shape. I included a picture of the bathroom not to be disgusting but rather to highlight how primitive it really is. The bathroom is essentially a small hole in the ground. There is no running water or toilet paper and the waste is never removed. The class rooms were just as bad. They were basically empty rooms with old broken desks inside. Children were crowded inside sitting on the ground.

When we arrived it was orderly for about 20 minutes. All of the students were all well behaved staying in their classrooms. After we started handing out the shoes is when it started to get a little crazy. There was no way to make sure that every child got a pair of shoes. There were just too many kids. We made sure to reward a class that was really well behaved. We were able to give shoes to at least one entire classroom.


There were kids everywhere. I was surrounded by a large groups. They would ask me for my pen, my notebook, my watch. I kept saying “Estad sho” which is Dari for “stop.” I would also say “burro” which means “go.” Like I said, it was all done with a smile. I would smile and say “burro” and they would smile back and say “burro” right back. The teachers were just resigned to the chaos.

I felt really sorry for this little girl. She really needs a bath and some new cloths.


In all of the melee one of the kids split open his upper lip. I was able to suture it back together. I had very limited supplies so I was not even able to numb him up. I was so shocked at how stoic he was. The cut was located over a very sensitive area and he hardly flinched.

I am in the process of writing an article for the base paper. Today I felt like a real reporter. I had my pen and pad out and I was interviewed a teacher and some students. When (I should probably say if) it gets published I will make it available on my site. I am also going to try and upload some of the videos from today.

Thanks for reading.

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Anonymous said...

Good Morning! Wonderful story about your visit to the school. I am not able to open the school photos. It says "Google Error". I can open all the other pictures you've posted. Just wanted to mention it because I would really like to see the children at school.
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Susan said...

Thanks for sharing the story..they're some of my favorites and the children are absolutely beautiful.

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