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Missing a Young Friend in a Changed Kabul

Truman Project and Center for National Policy

On the streets of Kabul last March, I saw a small figure turn a corner about 20 feet ahead, then a flash of recognition, a huge smile and a big wave. For 10 maddening minutes we stared at each other, Samir and his shy little sister Malika on one side of the barricade, I on the other — too far apart to speak, too long to keep waving like an idiot.

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