Friday, February 26, 2010

On This Day, The Birthday Of The Prophet: A Taliban Atrocity In The Streets of Kabul.

"I am planning a short visit to Kabul to get things going between the 15th and 26th of February. We will plan 3 meetings together to discuss the new "production workshop" that we will have this year and coming year. It will be the same principle as "Children of Kabul", a series of 5 short documentaries about a common theme. We will first discuss this common theme. Then we will see what subjects within this theme each of you would like to propose. I will also have individual meetings with those of you who want to discuss their personal projects with me or show me a choice of rushes."

- Severin Blanchet, teacher, filmmaker, friend of the Afghan people. He is among the dead from the Taliban's suicide bombing today in Kabul.

Thomas Rutting was nearby. He asks: Where are their ‘Islamic’ credentials when they cause such an atrocity on Muhammad’s birthday, on of the holiest days in Muslims' calendar?

I was in the Safi Landmark six days ago. The neighbourhood is, or was, thriving and pleasant. The Canadian documentary film-maker and photographer David Belluz was there today. Here is what he saw. Last week, my colleague Lauryn Oates had dinner with Belluz while Abdulrahim and I went off to meet with Rabbani.

No flinching. No bowing down to terror.

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with you.


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