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August 29, 2008
Posting date: 8/29/08
Stationed in: Kabul, Afghanistan
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Milblog: Cheese's Milblog
I just got off of Rapid Reaction Force(RRF) and am surprised to not be heading right back outside the wire -- for once! RRF was much more interesting this time, mainly because we just got a Wii in the mail.
For those who are unaware, RRF is where we get all of our stuff ready to roll out the gate, then we sit around and wait for something to happen. Think firefighters...with guns.
Normally the RRF shack is a place to watch old DVDs, but not this time. One by one, each guy who made fun of us as we whacked away at digital tennis balls ended up joining in. Seeing guys in ACUs swatting WiiMotes around in an under-sized RRF shack is beyond hilarious.
On a more serious note, we stumbled upon a tragic little village during a patrol a couple of days ago. The place is a landfill. The people live off of the garbage that other people throw away. Their homes are patchwork tents sewn together from discarded clothes. The people, and their livestock, eat garbage. I have never seen people so sick. The children are covered in sores and burns which we found out were caused by the frequent tent fires.
I cannot accurately describe this place. I have seen many people living in squalor, but these people are actually dying as they stand. The incredible thing about this village, at which we were compelled to stop when we spotted it on our way to somewhere else, is that when we offered what meager supplies we had (tea, sugar, cooking oil) the people stood back while the village elder divided it evenly.
It felt like giving a band-aid to someone on their deathbed. Thankfully, we were able to scrape up more of what these people actually need and will be bringing it to them soon. And I'll be making it my personal mission to get these kids inoculated, in the unlikely event that my lieutenant doesn't get to it first.