Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Firsthand account of a tragic event
This Tuesday we received some images that really took our breath away. An I-Reporter from Afghanistan, sent us a set of photos that he took only moments after a suicide bomber blew up a bus in western Kabul.

S. Samimi, a 23-year-old secretary, was on his way to work when he saw the blast. The explosion claimed the lives of 10 people, including civilians, policemen and four children.

Samimi spoke with I-Report on the phone from his home in Kabul. His native language is Farsi, but he has taken courses in English and speaks it fairly well. In any language, the anguish in his voice was clear.

It was the first suicide bombing Samimi had ever witnessed, and the first one ever to have occurred so close to his home. He saw body parts on the ground and lost a neighbor to the attack.

By the end of the day, Samimi was still in shock. People in his neighborhood, he said, were still crying.

"Everyone is so sad," he explained. "They are all worried about the future of peace in this country. They are fed up of war."

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq grind forward, we hear about suicide attacks and car bombs frequently in the news. To many outside of the region, the reports may start to sound the same. By sharing his photographs and story with I-Report, Samimi put a human voice and emotions behind a tragic event, and reminded us of the lasting impression that each of these attacks leaves on communities.

Do you have a personal angle on a news story to share? Send an I-Report with your own pictures and story.
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