Friday, March 11, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes - civilian death

When I was in Helmand in January. December had been the worst month for IED's. The convoy that I was in based out of Geronimo had lost 28 mine-rollers in December alone. The Taliban Commander of that area had just been replaced with a new Commander. The old Commander had family in that region and was afraid for their welfare. The new Commander vowed to place more IED's. For the most part civilians have been killed by the Taliban.

It is unconscionable that civilians are killed by the US military. I do not know the full story about the 9 boys that were killed. I wish I did. I would write it as I knew it. The US Military has the technology to know who is where doing what. It's unbelievable.

Afghanistan civilian deaths: For Afghanistan civilians, 2010 deadliest year yet -

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes - women warriors

I've been manifested on the flight leaving with the 3BCT 25th Division. I am really excited.

I've heard there are great differences between the Marine Corp and the Army. I'm eager to see what they are. I'm also eager to meet troops who are deploying for the first time and get their feelings on the subject.

Our main base will be Jalalabad. I'm not sure if we fly into Kabul or Bagram. There should be a lot of women and I am looking forward to interviewing as many as possible.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes - WVC

Working on my book, I can't emphasize how brave my two daughters are. A couple of years ago they lost their father and now here I proposed going to Afghanistan, a risky venture putting my life in danger. My daughters could have told me no they didn't want me to go into a combat zone and I would have stayed home...but they didn't. They allowed me to go with their blessing which meant more to me than any book deal.

Embedded in Afghanistan | Women's Voices For Change