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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…

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