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Celebrating The Launch with Bubbly and Puppy!

A celebratory bottle of bubbles from publication day! (that got lost in the kerfuffle of the Facebook being down). Once again, a huge huge thank you for all of your support with the #BumblingBook! I’m so grateful for all the kind words and encouragement. Please do share your thoughts in the form of an Amazon review…
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Taliban leaders in the Presidential palace, 15 Aug 2021

Why Are The Taliban So Feared?

The Taliban are back. Twenty years after being chased out, the Islamic extremist movement is back in charge of Afghanistan. Many, perhaps most, Afghans are terrified. Why? I’m CW author of BTHK-AMOFAKIA. I was there as a BBC reporter long ago. Several Afghans have died trying to flee the Taliban. Others have taken their own…
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The author in the famous Chicken Street market in Kabul, 1991.

Why Are You Writing Now, Nearly Thirty Years After The Fact?

One question I often hear from friends and family is: Why are you writing now, nearly thirty years after the fact? Well, the first and most obvious reason is that I’ve been busy: with my career, raising a family, and hobbies and such like. There was never enough time Secondly, I’m getting older, and my…
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A girl going to market, Taloqan, Nov 1991.)

My Take on The Collapse of The Government In Afghanistan.

If you’re curious about my take on the catastrophe unfolding in Afghanistan, here are the Cliff-Notes: The decision to withdraw was long overdue. But the manner in which it has been executed is a shameful disgrace. It did not need to be this way. The US military footprint has been insignificant since 2014. (It’s not…
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The city of Pul-i-Khumri commands the northern end of the strategically vital Salang Valley, pictured here.

Shock Defeat For US Allies In Afghanistan

The fall of Pul-i-Khumri in Afghanistan is a significant setback for the Ghani government. I shared my thoughts with Marco Werman, host of the US public radio program, The World. https://www.pri.org/file/2021-08-11/strategic-afghan-city-falls-taliban

Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush

Why On Earth Did You Go To Afghanistan? What Were You Doing There?

Chris Woolf here, author of “Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush: A Memoir of Fear and Kindness in Afghanistan” and I’m here to answer your questions about the book, myself, Afghanistan, or anything else. Today’s question is from Chris in western Massachusetts, who connected with us via Facebook “What the heck were you doing there? I…
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The Hindu Kush is a massive range of mountains in Afghanistan.

What’s The Meaning of “Hindu Kush”?

Today’s question is from Gill who lives near London, England. She wants to know: what’s the meaning of “Hindu Kush,” which you mention in the title? The Hindu Kush is a massive range of mountains in Afghanistan. They dominate the country. So much so, that in literature, the Hindu Kush is often a metaphor for…
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Chris Woolf - Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush

How Long Did It Take You To Realize You Weren’t Cut Out For The Life Of A Foreign Correspondent?

Chris Woolf here, author of “Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush: A Memoir of Fear and Kindness in Afghanistan” and I’m here to answer your questions about the book, myself, Afghanistan, or life, the universe and everything! Today’s question is from Susan in Long Island, New York, who connected with us through Instagram. Susan asked “How…
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Who Am I? – Chris Woolf, author of “Bumbling Through The Hindu Kush: A Memoir of Fear and Kindness In Afghanistan”

Hi! I’m Chris Woolf, author of “Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush: A Memoir of Fear and Kindness in Afghanistan” and I’m here to answer your questions about the book, about myself, my experiences, Afghanistan more broadly, or journalism or war or anything that interests you. Today’s question is from Poppy in Bath in the UK…
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How The HALO Trust Helped Keep Me Alive In Afghanistan

https://www.pri.org/stories/2021-06-11/commentary-how-halo-trust-helped-keep-me-alive-afghanistan In the aftermath of the attack on Tuesday on The HALO Trust in Afghanistan, Chris Woolf, a former journalist for the BBC and The World, recounts how the group saved his life. The news of Tuesday’s attack (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57410265 ) on the HALO Trust in Afghanistan hit me hard.  The Trust is an international non-profit…
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