“Love and War in Afghanistan”
By Alex Klaits and Gulchin Gulmamadova-Klaits (Seven Stories)
“Even though I was Taliban, I think few people here in our village hold any grudges against me… Everyone understands that in order to have survived here over the last 25 years, it’s been necessary at times to do things that we can’t be proud of.” As a reluctant employee of the Taliban, the things Gulbuddin did include cutting off the hands of thieves, stoning adulterous women, and driving trucks over the bodies of the Uzbek opposition to create a shallow mass grave. At times Afghanistan resembles a Tom Waits song–every soul is tarnished but compassionate.
Read the complete article at the Portland Mercury.