Monday, July 17, 2006


Ok so some of the kids aren't as great as the others but don't trust the older ones...

Yesterday was I guess my first encounter with the "bad ones". We went to a school with about 1000 students. We didn't go to take supplies (I guess that was the mistake) we went to look at what they needed to improve the school (bigger classrooms more desks as you can see in the pictures) we walked around the school most of the kids spoke English very well. I met one kid who was 19 and wanted to become a computer engineer in the states. The thing is the chance of him doing that are honestly slim to none because the school is mainly a school for refugees and foster kids.

Here is the some might say exciting part:
We are leaving the gate of the school and about 400 kids are outside with us no adults no teachers just about 400 15-20 year old kids. We have 4 upamored humvees and one of our little Ford pickups and one of the humvees has a trailer of school supplies for a school more deserving.. I get about 4 steps outside the gate and the trailer gets swarmed like a pack of wolves on a pound of raw meat. We start pulling the kids off and pushing them back, we have 20 or so guys and then the 400 kids wonderful!!! We get them off without loosing too much and then we leave, as were leaving we have to drive about a quarter of a mile through an alley as we get about half way down the alley the kids start throwing rocks. We have an Afghan Army Major with us, he pulls his belt (by the way they're not scared of our rifles they're scared of sticks, rocks, knives, and belts) he starts smackin the brats with it and they start to give in some. I have my window down, so I think "Todd putt up your window or something is gonna happen" no more than I put my hand back on the steering wheel a rock the size of my fist hits the window. Wow first time I've been ticked at these people.. So we finally get out of there and on to the next school.. That was already enough for the day...

The next school was a lot better help from the teachers and the kids listened. This was an elementary school with about 4000 kids.. The kids attend school in tents it really honestly looks like the commercials for feed the children really miserable. We handed out more stuff than we could count about 30 large boxes of supplies.

The boys went first of course... They were good I caught one little boy going through the line about 3 times so I made sure it was his last. Some kids like the other school just take advantage kinda like some do back in the states but there are so many who need it and take it without begging for more and more. I usually try to stand to the side and look for the shy or not so hellious as the others and give them what I have. After awhile some of the boxes were empty and I found a box full of Barbie and Aladdin pencils so I grabbed the box and took it upon myself to give them out to the girls who were standing and watching. They were a little pushy but after a little dari they knew what I meant. (yak "one" nay "no" burro "go") So again I took it upon myself to get the girls over in the line to get what they needed. I don't think the male teachers liked my idea as much as I did or the other guys so they took them back about 3 times until our interp stepped in and got the job done. I took the picture (the first one you see at the top of this blog) you can see the girl turning her head while the other girl smiles big. She turned away because of the male thing how they're made to do. She shook her head at me and walked away.. Could you image how that would be, she is 13 and married by the way, what a country huh!!!

So another eventful day in Afghanistan!! Oh by the way we cut the first school off until they get there attitude fixed.. We wouldn't have done that but the principle stood by while all of that went on. Until then they will have to deal with the problems the school faces.. One of our guys got hit in the face and back of the head from rocks. One of the rocks would have hit his eye if it weren't for his sunglasses...

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