Words cannot adequately describe the poverty and desperation of the Afghan people that I witnessed when I traveled to Afghanistan in March for a week long Team Canada tour to spend time with our Canadian soldiers. I didn’t realize how focused their mission was on improving the quality of life for these people, especially the women and children, trying to turn the tide of violence that has permeated their history for most of the 19th century.
Canada has a long history of helping people around the world; Bosnia, Cypress and Somalia to name a few. It will take generations to complete the task at hand in Afghanistan, I’m told, and will not be completed by the time we are scheduled to pull out in 2011.
The first order of business upon arriving at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) was a briefing from task force commander Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance about the mission’s objectives and overall progress. A major focus of the Canadian mission is humanitarian. Our troops are there to help establish some democracy and decency to the Afghan people, mostly women and children, he said.
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