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Friday, May 23, 2008

See yesterday's post (kinda sorta)

i'm nursing the same outlook today as yesterday, i'm afraid, with one single, major exception...

i was taken to lunch today by three afghan medical doctors... two of them are practicing doctors and the other one is currently working in publishing... the two practicing doctors are both working in world bank-funded medical clinics and struggling mightily to keep up with the steady stream of patients in dire poverty coming in with all kinds of ailments and diseases related to poor hygiene, malnutrition, and the occasional trauma related to stepping on unexploded mines... as grim as that sounds, we nonetheless had a marvelous time, telling stories, jokes, laughing, and generally making the best of our time together...

all three of them are quite delightful people and they have my utmost respect... none of them had the means to escape the country during the civil war and taliban years and all three witnessed the horrendous carnage and destruction of those times... some of the horror continues to this day, of course, but at least now it's possible to live the semblance of a halfway "normal" life, where a lunch with friends can be enjoyed on a day off...

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