Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Expats Concerned about Life in Kabul
The recent bombing of the Taverna du Liban restaurant in Kabul that killed 13 expats and 8 Afghans has put the international community into a state of heightened security. Most Kabul restaurants are now off limits and non-essential travel is being curbed. How long these security restrictions will stay in place remains to be seen. At the very least the restaurant attack may encourage some foreigners working on contracts supporting the war effort and with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to leave. The restrictions on non-essential travel will hurt the effectiveness of the different organizations employing the expats as meetings about town will decrease - or take place behind the concrete barriers that protect Coalition compounds against bomb blasts. The foreigners will be less likely to travel to meet with Afghan counterparts, supervise projects, and keep an eye on how the money is used that is donated by the international community. Read more in "At a popular Kabul restaurant, the front lines of Afghanistan's war", Reuters, January 21, 2014.