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1. Posted by CNDgirl (Budding Member, 36 posts) 11 Feb '06 20:56

Hey,

As I wrote in my into post I plan on traveling to the middle east. Mostly wanting to go to Afganistan. I was just wondering if anyone had been to the middle east since the Pres. Bush started this war? I would like to hear stories, see pictures, and so on, to prepare myself for everything that I would see/hear over there. I also think that if I heard some stories of where people helped out someone/made a difference, it would convince me more to go over there.

If anyone could help me out it would be very much appreciated.
Thank you so much.:)

2. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5459 posts) 11 Feb '06 22:57

My sister-in-law and her husband went to Afghanistan not long after the war. Helped out in nursing and building projects. They always had guards when they headed out and were in one or two hairy situations.

Things might have changed somewhat since then, though judging by the news, it seems to have become worse again in recent times. Certainly not a destination for the faint of heart.

3. Posted by CNDgirl (Budding Member, 36 posts) 15 Feb '06 16:06

thanks for the reply!

4. Posted by Zoom (Full Member, 131 posts) 15 Feb '06 17:03

CNDgirl, What are you thinking my friend? There's a WAR going on over there. You could EASILY be a hostage. My advice is stick to places like Iran, Syria, Jordan, UAE, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco (I hear Libya and Algeria are opening up fast for tourism). Really, things are pretty out of control in Afghanistan. The News isn't telling you the whole story. I would skip Pakistan right now also, too much anger in the streets about the Danish Cartoons these days. Bon Voyage, Zoom PS. Don't forget to wear an Anti - Bush t - shirt in the Middle East, helps a lot.

5. Posted by CNDgirl (Budding Member, 36 posts) 15 Feb '06 17:31

thanks for your suggestion... but i want to go b/c of the war. its a passion, and there is no changing that passion. once you get an idea and start a passion for doin something there is no changing my mind. i really want to go...i want to help people over there.
if all i had to do is put my life in danger and not actually have anything happen....just be in a lot of danger...to be able to help people.....i would do it without a second thought!
i am sorry if this angers people...but it is something that i want to do. and something i am passionate about doin!

6. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5459 posts) 15 Feb '06 19:01

Hey CNDgirl, I think it's an admirable idea. Have you looked into the various aid agencies that you might be able to go with? I can tell you it isn't an easy process getting into a place like Afghanistan to help out - they don't just take anyone who is willing. Often they require highly skilled people, because the last thing they need to deal with in a situation like that is training someone new.

I wish you the best of luck in this though and hope it works out for you! Always good to see some passion

7. Posted by turtlepi (Budding Member, 2 posts) 16 Feb '06 09:47

Being Canadian you might remember the scandal of our troops beating and killing people in Somalia. Do you think they were just bad apples or do you think there might be crap going on there that makes right and wrong blurred.

A roomie went to Rwanda on a peace mission and beyond observing the the rape, torture and people dying of starvation while food sat in piles, she relayed an interesting story. A man was driving his car and hit a child. The child died. The man sat in is car. The townspeople came and performed a local punishment. CRACKING. They start with the fingers and break every bone in the body before death.

If you choose to go to these places please make an informed choice (I'm not really sure that is possible coming from a first world country.)

Of course Afganistan isn't Somalia or Rwanda but when you go to war-torn countries you need to understand that the noble ideas that brought you there quickly fade away.

8. Posted by egyption (Budding Member, 5 posts) 3 Mar '06 00:23

u know my friend its not that bad in all places in maddle east thousands of ppl from aroudn world come 2 Egypt 2 have funa dn enjoy weather and live make friends its realy safe here and u cna make all kind of stuff its realy great in red sea and wondrfull in cairo and u cna see alot of ppl from around world walk save in egypt without any gard or any thing

9. Posted by runec (Budding Member, 5 posts) 9 Mar '06 04:02

I don't know if you also want to go Northern Iraq on your trip, but in that case I can help you out with some recommendations. I was in the kurdish area a few months ago, and it was a great experience. It's actually very safe, and people are incredibly helpful and friendly. Let me know if you're interested.

runec