Pushin’ the radios

Nijrab District, Afghanistan -- Me in a small village, giving radios to the locals. Since radio is the primary means of mass communication in the ‘stan, we’re pushing hard to give free ones to as many people as possible.
Nijrab District, Afghanistan —
Me in a small village, giving radios to the locals. Since radio is the primary means of mass communication in the ‘stan, we’re pushing hard to give free ones to as many people as possible.

We stayed overnight at FOB Morales-Frazier in Nijrab district. When we woke up today, we paid a visit to the Voice of Nijrab radio station, a building which is visible from the FOB’s gate.

Most of the time, we travel using our MRAPS (armored vehicles.) But today, we actually travelled by good ol’-fashioned FOOT PATROL! (Hey! I thought we STOPPED doing that in VIETNAM!)

I spoke with an employee about the station’s programming, and learned a little bit about how often they broadcast. Sadly, they don’t run twenty-four hours a day, because they don’t have enough fuel to run the generator that powers the equipment. Of course, I would prefer to have the station running all the time.

After visiting the radio station, we patrolled on foot to a nearby village. (I’m too old for this, but got it done, anyway.) There, we polled the locals about their water and sanitation needs while I gave away free radios.

I’ve got my fingers and toes … It was a good day.

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