I am in Cambodia. Phnom Penh. As always, it is cool, green and enchanting.
At short notice, I was asked to come here for meetings. Generally being summoned at short notice to travel across 10 countries on three planes is a sign of something up. Trouble. Trouble at Mill, as Cath would say.
It is trouble. My Board is worrying about falling security in Afghanistan. The fact that increasing numbers of agencies designating Afghanistan a non-family station. They have the organisation’s work in five countries to think about. They are trying to minimise vulnerabilities and variables.
No final decisions made, but a lot of talking. From my side, a few tears. I talked to Julie last night, and she commented: ‘You have given Afghanistan your best. And it has given you what it has too.’
I am taking that to mean it has given us a lot of grief. Afghanistan sure has plenty of that.
Tough men in Phnom Penh