Afghan Refugees: A Photo Album
"The road from Islamabad to Peshawar seems more crowded and overburdened than I recall, its lanes choked with cars, horse and buggies, rickshaws, psychedelic buses, and trucks."
"I have told the students that a nice boy from America will visit you," began one of the e-mails sent by Fatana Gailani, the school's director. "They exult and I do not know how to express their being so happy. Even the children who never have smiled so far, I saw the cheery smile in their lips. In fact, our children need to be supported and sympathized, as they are the seeds of peace."
"We're then introduced to Aziza Sarwar, a 12-year-old girl who fled Kabul in early October when an errant American bomb destroyed her home and killed her mother and brother. She wears her grief openly. 'I am very sad because my heart is bleeding,' she tells us."
"Then Jacob, who's carrying another shopping bag filled with school supplies to give the students, decides to speak to them in a language they'll understand. 'Look,' he says, pulling out a package of Magic Markers, the kind that change color when you use a special white pen. He kneels down on the floor and starts to draw. 'Isn't this cool?' The children, fascinated, gather around him."
"The drive through tribal lands to Shamshatoo from Peshawar takes only an hour, but the climate once we arrive is much harsher. It's hotter, drier, and somehow even dustier than Peshawar, and the camp spreads before us like a vast clay model in an open kiln."
"When I first visited Katcha Garhi in January 1989, the tent was the predominant mode of shelter. Now the camp is less of a camp and more of an intricate village of attached adobe homes where people have settled to live, not wait."