Mary Smith continues her journey through the mountains of Afghanistan as snow catches convoys of trucks unawares and overnight stops are frigid..and even require a little Foreign (Non)Diplomacy… as always an amazing read.
Afghanistan Adventures53 Foreign(Non)Diplomacy by Mary Smith
Afghanistan, December 1989: Bamiyan, Sheikh Ali & onwards to Wardak Province
We’d enjoyed our day of playing tourists with very hospitable and friendly mujahideen
We returned to the French clinic to find Ghulam Ali, huddled under his patou, looking more miserable than usual. The room we’d been allocated was like a fridge, the promised stove had not materialised. Ghulam Ali was bored and cold and thoroughly fed up. Jon went off in search of someone to help, and soon a bukhari was installed and we huddled in a circle around it drinking tea, waiting for the temperature to rise.
Shortly after seven o’clock the cook appeared to inform us dinner was ready and, indicating Jon and me, told us to go to the house. I pointed to our fellow travellers and asked, ‘What about them?’ The cook explained food would be brought to the room for the Rahimy, Zahir and Ghulam Ali, but Jon and I were expected to eat with the kharijee – foreigners.
He trotted out. Minutes later he returned and said, this time, in English, ‘Dinner is ready. You go to house.’
I shook my head, ‘No, we all eat together, here.’
The great Buddha of Bamiyan
Looking ruffled, he departed and we sat in an uncomfortable silence. I didn’t know what the other three were thinking about their exclusion from the invitation. Rahimy broke the silence to say, ‘If you want to eat in the house, it’s all right. We don’t mind.’ His hurt expression belied his words.
Before I could reply, the cook shuffled in bearing a tray with three plates of food. Setting it down, he was about to leave, when I remarked, ‘We are five people – there are only three dishes here.’
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