-Alfred Lord TennysonEnglish poet (1809 - 1892)
"Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available."
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
-Thich Nhat Hanh
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-Leo BuscagliaUS author & lecturer (1925 - 1998)
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
-Thomas PaineUS patriot & political philosopher (1737 - 1809)
I thought that it would be interesting if I showcased some of Dr. Massoud's photos. The first bunch is him giving away some of the donations that were sent by 6 M.I.K. readers. What always gets me is the ever-present smile on people's faces. We could really learn a lot from them. It does not matter if they are homeless children living in street having to make a small fires out of trash to keep warm, or young police men that are paralyzed from the waist down with large abdominal wounds and a colostomy bag, to a criminal that is handcuffed to a bed post and that has been waiting 10 days to get his fractured leg fixed, they all return back a genuine smile when you smile at them and they are very warm and friendly when you talk with them. It seems as though they are able to live life to the fullest not in spite of, but probably because of, having been through 30 years of continuous war.
Here are some kiddos with some of the donations that were sent by readers. It gets really cold at night and they do not look like they are dressed very warm.
These are just a couple random kids ridding on the street with their donkey.
Here is a kiddo with a donated kaleidoscope. It is probably the first time that he has ever seen one.
Markers and coloring books.
Scented bubbles. They look like they are having a lot of fun with them.
Imagine seeing this site back in the states. A young kid with a cow carcass hanging from the back of his bike.
I have to warn you about this video before you view it. This is a clip from a Kabul marketplace. In this particular section of the market they are selling lamb heads and other internal organs for consumption. In another scene they are roasting lambs head over an open flame.
This other video is also disturbing but for different reasons. It is a video of kids swimming in the Kabul river. The Kabul river has to be the most disgusting water that I have ever seen. Along the sides of the streets there are large drainage ditches that collect and drain sewage. It all eventually pours into this river. You can also see just a ton of trash along the banks. Someone said that they even saw a dead horse in the river. The kids do not seem to mind at all.
This last video is of a typical Kabul market place or bazaar.
Thanks for reading.