|A Postcard from Ghor|
Ghor, Afghanistan (Jan. 27, 2013) - Snow capped mountainous terrain, narrow trails between villages squeezed between rapid slopes of lonely river, and steep hillsides – this is the winter view of Ghor province that struck ISAF Lithuanian soldiers of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Chaghcharan.
Villages are mostly in valleys, situated near the river. Most villages are not very large. Sometimes no one can say exactly how many people live in a village; they know only the number of families living there.
The houses are made from the same clay as the ground under villagers’ feet. In some places, the people of Ghor have more modern houses, but in the remote parts of the province it is too hard to deliver building materials and there’s no choice but to use natural clay.
The first thing soldiers see in every village are the children. They are not only a sign that it is safe to enter, but also a very pleasant welcome. Afghan soldiers and policemen distribute warm clothes and other aid with the help of the PRT.
Locals usually meet soldiers and police peacefully and gleefully, and ask for news from the center of the province. They are simply glad to see strangers, even if they wear uniforms. They normally feel content with the security situation, as the police patrol the area on a regular basis.