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Lawrence Cumbo

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Lawrence Cumbo


Carrie Regan

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Carrie Regan


In most cases these accounts are edited versions of a spoken interview. They have not been researched and may differ from the printed article.

Photographs by Carrie Regan


 

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Lawrence Cumbo
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The odds of finding Sharbat Gula were against us, but fate worked in our favor. When we found her, we discovered that almost everyone in her family was ill. So the first thing we did was to send them to a doctor for medical care. She never asked anything for herself. Her first concern was for her family’s health. In a way I was sad to leave because we had made new friends. But it’s rewarding to know that we could help Sharbat and her family with their medical needs.

I had just finished shooting scenes at a local market in Peshawar when a man claiming to be an air force officer tried to confiscate my camera and prevent us from leaving. He said the area was restricted, and then grabbed my camera and wouldn’t let go. We got into a tug-of-war over the camera as the man shouted that I couldn’t leave with it. Then another man approached, started yelling, and said that I was coming with him or he would shoot me right there. The situation had gotten pretty heated when an armed guard showed up. He and the first man spoke in Pashto, then he and the man who threatened me suddenly got into our van with us and ordered the driver to take us to some un–disclosed place. We endured a long interrogation until a senior officer looked at the video and laughed. “Oh, CIA!” he said. “They know everything about us anyway.” When the official found out that we were with Rahimullah Yusufzai, a prominent local Pakistani journalist, he reprimanded the first man—who turned out to be an air force contractor rather than an officer—and ordered him to shake our hands.





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