An Afghani in Dubai

By Jean Mavrelis - 09.02.2009

\"TalibanA convoy of Land Cruisers took us for a desert “roller coaster” ride to see the sunset.  Our driver/guide was nick-named “Taliban” by the guides from other countries, because he wore traditional dress and was from Afghanistan.  Tom asked to take his photo, and I saw him boyishly arranging his look in the reflection of the land cruiser window.  He was in Dubai because he had to flee Afghanistan and was working to send money back to his family in Afghanistan.  He said his country is pretty much a bombed out landscape.  I thought “Taliban” seemed lonely and proud – and very much a young ex-pat trying to support his family.   This is the month of Ramadan. I wish for peace for all who are displaced by the current war in Afghanistan.