I recently returned to Afghanistan after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. The trip was fantastic, emotional, joyful, frustrating and saddening. I saw old friends (and their beautiful new babies) and visited families as much as possible. I laid the ground for my fieldwork beginning in mid-September 2008 and garnered a good level of support for my research from ministerial offices and key aid/development actors in Kabul as well as in Maymana. I am fortunate to have such diverse support resources, and it is having access to these valuable supports that reminds me that if anyone can carry out this research project, I can.
My first fieldwork trip will take place in Faryab province--a relatively comfortable and familiar place to get warmed up to practicing independent research in rural settlements. I hope to have six solid weeks to spend in up to three settlements, each in a different district.
So, stay tuned!