Deborah Smith
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Deborah is a radio journalist and international media development consultant. She has worked with journalists, academics and NGO’s in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, China, Middle East, France, Australia, and the UK. She holds a BA in Journalism and has won several international awards for radio documentary making. Deborah has been working in Afghanistan as a journalist. This blog explores, retrospectively, making the difficult decision whether to take the job in Afghanistan, and where it finally led her, both personally and professionally. For privacy reasons Deborah writes under a pseudonym.

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Listening, Giving, and Having Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2012 | (06:52)

"Life's not about making more money and accruing more material goods; it's about listening, giving, and having compassion."

I'd been in Kabul four weeks and still couldn't decide if I was completely mad. It was certainly a captivating environment to work in, so incredibly different, such an insight into a...

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Loving the Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2012 | (16:38)

Strangely enough I felt on a real high from the moment I landed on the tarmac. I thoroughly enjoyed being in Afghanistan. I loved the heady difference, the gripping change of scenery, the break from five years of deep emotional wrangling within the wider family dynamic, the food, the work,...

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First Impressions of Kabul

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2012 | (03:16)

2012-04-06-WelcometoKabulsign4.JPGAfter all the build up, uncertainty, and fear, I finally arrive at my destination. I'm so relieved to be travelling with Matt, Teresa and Jakob. They chat and laugh, divulging stories about Afghanistan. "Don't worry, you're going to love it", Matt reassures me. "You'll go...

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Defining Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2012 | (08:04)

A week before I'm due to leave Australia, there's a bomb blast at the Safi Landmark hotel in Kabul, a hotel frequented by internationals

Am I anxious about taking the job now? Yes, a little. Am I anxious when I take the tube late at night? A little....

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Closer Now

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2012 | (07:55)

The time was getting closer to pack my bags, and my emotions, into a tight little bundle, and head into the unknown; a large chasm of life, waiting to happen. I wondered constantly if I was completely mad. I meet my partner and two children in the south...

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The Reactions of Others

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2011 | (15:51)

Telling people about the job in Afghanistan was a fascinating business. Some said, don't go, you're mad. This is fair enough; I felt the same, initially. Others are more critical - I'm being foolish (it's dangerous), unfair (I have a partner and two teenage children), it's a lot...

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