It was a good month. We got a lot done. Security infrastructure and procedures, team building and support to projects, consensus building with other agencies.
I got home on Sunday night, and while a privilege to have been in Afghanistan, it was also lovely to be back with my family.
On Wednesday, I briefed our Executive Director on what I had done, and my thoughts about the future. I mentioned that I thought another attack on an NGO were likely, within the next two or so months.
On Thursday morning, two of our staff were shot and killed, in downtown Herat, while going shopping. They were long term workers in Afghanistan, fluent in Dari, culturally sensitive, careful and experienced. No motive for the attack can so far be discerned.
I had worked closely with one of these women, over the years. I saw here just last Saturday, before she flew to Herat. She had just arrived back in Afghanistan, after some time back in her home country. We talked about her future work. It was good to see her again.
It is a hard path ahead.