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- September 2014 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
Most postcards gratefully received at the Boatshed are of the colourful glossy variety of well known landmarks sent to us from globetrotting members. Recently your Editor received one of a different hue from Kandahar featuring a young Afghani girl aged 12 with beautiful features and haunting eyes. The message on the card is unimportant as the portrait from this troubled land is so poignant, telling of the despair of these unfortunate people torn apart by conflict.
We might however recall from our history how little seems to have changed in over a century, in a region then called the North-West Frontier. It was here in 1880 near Kandahar that some of the bloodiest battles occurred between British-Indian and Afghan forces. After the conflict there was seemingly little overall gain to either side.
Note: This image of the young girl named Sharbat Gula first featured in a 1985 edition of the National Geographic Magazine.