Latest Issue

Letter from Kabul

One Tajik's struggle for the Bulgarian embassy

By Chris Stephen   February 2002

The caretaker of the Bulgarian embassy in Kabul is a big, bearded Tajik called Amruddin. One summer’s day in 1992 a rocket slammed into the embassy, wounding the ambassador in the arm. He left that same day, handing Amruddin the embassy keys and promising to be back soon. That was nine years ago.

Since then Amruddin has been stuck in the building, never leaving for more than an hour lest bandits ransack the place. “The last thing the ambassador told me,” says Amruddin, “was to 99 percent look after yourself and one percent look after the embassy. He said if…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect