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Kandahar Cockney: A Tale of Two Worlds

by James Fergusson

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Fergusson first reported from Afghanistan during the late 90s back when the Taliban were still conquering their way across the country (his more recent reporting led to the books A Million Bullets and Taliban: The Unknown Enemy both of which I read last year and found highly readable). While he was there he took on a local Afghan, Mir, as a translator who later got in trouble due to his involvement with foreign journalists. As a result Fergusson helped his former translator get political asylum in the U.K.

In this book the author relates this series of events along with Mir's adjustment to his new life, his struggle to get his family out of Afghanistan and how things change following the American invasion of Afghanistan and the Taliban are ousted. Its an engaging, entertaining and informative read. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Sep 14, 2012 |
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In the spring of 1997, James Fergusson, a young freelance British correspondent, encounters a local Pashtun interpreter named Mir in rebel-controlled Afghanistan. They soon become firm friends, with Mir an invaluable guide not only to the battle zone, but to the country's complex politics, culture and traditions. When Mir arrives in London seeking asylum, it is to James that he turns for help.… (more)

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