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John Wendle

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The Road to Helmand

I went to Afghanistan in October 2005 to work on an economic development project funded by the U.S. government. I went because I believed in the mission: helping to improve the quality of life in a war-torn land. I was lucky to get out.

Now I am home, hearing with dismay that President Bush lauds our work as a success and is requesting more aid for Afghanistan. I think of my colleagues still back in Helmand province, especially the young Afghans who risk their lives to work with us because the United States has insisted that progress is on the way.

I know about the millions of dollars already wasted there.

When I was in the field, I sometimes had to travel to Kabul to talk to U.S. officials about various assistance strategies and whether they were viable on the ground. They call the process “groundtruthing.”

A year later, this is the story of my time in Afghanistan. This is my own groundtruthing.

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The rest of the story can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/02/AR2007020201474.html

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For general info, check out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmand_province_campaign

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmand_Province

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan

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Written by johnwendle

August 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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