How are we meant to work in this place? We can’t even go to meetings because we might get killed. I was to go to UN buildings today in Kabul, to finally get some of our work off the ground. Now there have been three separate suicide attacks in Kabul with the Taliban claiming there are another four to come. Meetings cancelled, movement restricted, stay at the office, do nothing.
Later. We are at home, talking after dinner. Kids are playing in the saloon, building a huge castle out of cushions and toshaks. I start crying. 25 or so men got out of bed today, went to work. Underpaid, probably not very interesting jobs for which they were inadequately trained. And then were killed by other Afghans. What is this? I can understand when Taliban target us – we are a legitmate enemy, at least. But to keep killing your countrymen? What hope is there?