Lost Shoes of a War

Khujesta Sadri


A warlord and his followers attack Mazar-i-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan. Khujesta Sadri and her family take refuge in her uncle’s basement. In better times, the children played with pigeons there. Now they are crowded into the suffocating space without food or water. They emerge only to find a street littered with corpses. Soldiers clear away the bodies. Why do they leave the victim’s shoes behind?

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