A Fabulous Look into the Intersection of Cultures on the Frontlines in Afghanistan
September 27, 2012 §
A Fabulous [Anthropological] Look into the Intersection of Cultures on the Front lines in Afghanistan
“There is a great fascination with colorful flowers. And you’d often be patrolling through fields of high poppy or some brightly colored blossoms–and you’d turn around and half the [Afghan] patrol would have sort of plucked a flower and put it behind their ear or something…it was so anachronistic to hardened, 15-year veterans of the British Army…” “that is just a cultural difference.”
BBC Outlook’s Matthew Bannister meets the former British Army officer posted to Helmand Province to mentor members of the Afghan National Army. Patrick Hennessey’s book, Kandak: Fighting with Afghans is published on 6 September 2012.
The main story is only a few minutes long. There are two others worth hanging around for, however…especially if you love books.