FAREWELL MARJAN... Marjan, the one-eyed lone
lion is no longer the king of
PICTURES from the grenade attack!
Dear Visitors, these next pages are a heartful tribute to Maria Grazia Cutuli, sweetest friend, valued travelmate and skillful writer for Corriere della Sera, major italian newspaper, who was ambushed and killed by unknown assailants on November 19 2001, while traveling from Jalalabad to Kabul (Afghanistan) together with colleagues Julio Fuentes (spanish newspaper El Mundo), Harry Burton and Hazizullah Haidari (cameraman and photographer, Reuters).
Farewell, good ol' Marjan... The lone king of Kabul zoo succumbs to his age at 48, after surviving years and years of deprivations and symbolizing to kabulis the spirit of resiliency itself Well.....that's sad news, indeed. To my eyes, Marjan symbolized hope. However, in thinking about that dear old lion's death I choose to believe that when he heard the swoosh of kites flying over Kabul, heard the roars from the football stadium, experienced the renewed sounds of music in the air and heard the click-click of chess pieces being moved around chessboards....well, the old guy knew that there was plenty of hope around and it was okay for him to let go and fly off, amid kite strings, to wherever it is the spirits of animals go.
Peace to you Marjan and peace to Afghanistan.
[Diana Smith, via the Internet]