For some reason, the story of the one-eyed lion dying got me all emotional. … Partly because I’d never thought about the Afghans having anything as mundane as a zoo — so suddenly their reality seemed a bit closer to mine. … Partly because the poor lion lived without an eye for all those years, and how resilient is that. …Partly because he got so old someone had to move him into his favorite spots. And because one of the people quoted in the story was still talking about the lion in the present tense. Awww…. George, build them a damn statue of their one-eyed lion, that’ll be more useful than the food drops that no one’s receiving.

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