Saturday, March 12, 2011

Of Laghman: Where the Smoke Comes From

These kids took turns stopping to watch our somwhat less than subtle procession walk by - the Ambassador plus an entourage of probably 25 aides, press, security, and soldiers. They (the kids, not the Ambassador's entourage) were out collecting stuff that would burn -- wood, paper, trash, plastic, whatever -- for use on home fires for cooking or home heating. Our day in Laghman turned out to be clear due to sleet the day before, but with all the trash-burning, that's not a guarantee.

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