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I’m watching Boys and Girls Alone on Channel 4. It’s about a hand picked gangle of 8 -11 year old kids, forced to live on their own in a Sussex reversion of ‘Lord of the Flies’ – but with girls, for god’s sake.
It made me laugh and occasionally made good comment on our younger generation, and their very confused parents.
But it also made me think how lucky these kids are compared with some children of the same age I met in Afghanistan. The child above has polio, and those below have had their legs blown off by landmines.
Henry Naylor and I researched the project ‘Finding Bin Laden’ by going to the actual locations of the play which is set in Afghanistan.
We are in an area that’s been dubbed ‘Tank Graveyard’ by western journalists.
Kabul is surrounded by mountains. One of the ways into Kabul is over this mountain, where the communications and radio masts sit. Also on top of the mountain were trenches used during the long-running civil war.
This man was guarding the access to the masts on the summit of the mountain.
The startling sculpture consists of four anti-aircraft missiles, one anti-tank missile and several mortar shells.
Henry was writing a play called ‘Finding Bin Laden‘ about the recent events in Afghanistan and the way the media and military worked together to tell us something that we suspected may have been far from the truth.
This is the main market in Kabul. The photo was taken on a Saturday morning. Burkas were available for $10. Our fixer told us he could recognise his mother in a burka across a crowded marketplace.