Kandahar Journals

a bible, a gun, and matters of faith...

An August 2002 trip to Kandahar by husain

chappel Photo, Kandahar, Afghanistan More Photos
Quote: i was shooting for a tv news feature, for cbn news- a sept 11 special with american troops at the military base here. the main feature we were shooting for at the base was about army chaplains...

a bible, a gun, and matters of faith...

Overview

chappel Photo, Kandahar, Afghanistan
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While figuring out ways to get from kabul to kandahar, there were two modes to consider- road and air. By road, it takes almost two days, and we were advised not to venture out without a band of armed guards. that option was quickly consigned to the bin... by air- some journalists often take a ride on american military helicopters and airplanes flying out of bagram air base... however, seats are never a sureity. besides, you run the chance of being asked to vacate your seat at the last minute in favour of an official who may need a seat. UN flights are frightfully expensive to get a ride on. Quick Tips: It then turned out that there was this organisation- `air serv' which flew NGO groups ...Read More
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When we were leaving Kabul, we had been asked to bring along some blankets because we would be provided accomodation in a tent where the media on base puts up. 45 degrees celsius everyday, so how cold can it get at night we wondered, and therefore, brought no blankets. The first visit to our tent proved us right, or so we thought. It was BOILING inside! Night happens and after a hard days work, the three of us are asleep soon. 2am - brrrr, toss, turn, and all three of us are freezing! To top that, a huge fan blowing wind full blast! The temperature doesn't fall very low, however. The difference in temperatures in the near desert climate was so much - day to night - that it felt much lower!...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2002

Tents for the Media
Kandahar base
Kandahar, Afghanistan

The Mess

Restaurant

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The army mess - fixed time for meals of course,air-conditioned, guns on the floor, Diet Pepsi cans in hand, huge big men in uniform and a few women, all going chomp chomp...

A bit too early for me usually - each meal. Later I would end up feeding upon the packed MRE meals that were lying around at the media room...

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2002

The Mess
Kandahar Military Base
Kandahar, Afghanistan

The Hanger and the Chapel

Attraction | "the hangar and the chapel"

The Hanger and the Chapel Photo, Kandahar, Afghanistan
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Service is conducted inside an air-conditioned chapel. The conditions outside this tent are hot, dusty, dry, and as i found out, very hard on the camera equipment too.

At the hangar I was told that servicing a helicopter can take up to a month back in America. Here they turn them around in just a few days.

Blackhawk, Chinook, and Apache helicopters are usually being worked upon and since I'm a sucker for airplanes, choppers and the like, I was quite excited!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

The Hanger and the Chapel
Kandahar Base
Kandahar, Afghanistan