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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:54 PM


In Kandahar, preparing Afghanistan’s war dead for burial

By Kevin Sieff, Published: June 25

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The man who spends his days surrounded by dead Afghan soldiers waits in a faded shipping container across from the morgue. But Noorulah Noori rarely waits long before he is called to work.

Inside the container is a bed, a fan and a hose for washing the bodies. He has prepared at least a thousand of them for burial over the past decade: victims of roadside bombs, gunshots, mortar rounds and disease, delivered to him in all the shapes death takes.

Noori, 33, removes the soldiers from identical wooden coffins that are draped in Afghanistan’s flag, and he performs his duty, preparing each for burial in the Islamic tradition. He washes off blood and dirt, sprinkles perfume and covers each in a white sheet, or kafan. That’s how their families will see them when they make it home.

What Noori sees first is much more bracing — a relentless procession of bodies just off the battlefield. He takes anti-anxiety medication to help him sleep. He doesn’t tell his family anything about his job at one of the Afghan military’s busiest medical centers, Kandahar Regional Military Hospital.


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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:55 PM

1. we never have to see just how dirty war is. That is why we are okay with it.

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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 09:01 PM

2. Truth. It becomes reduced to political talking points.


"Politics is the womb in which war develops."

- Karl Von Clausewitz

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