”You cannot gain the trust of the Afghan population if you only talk to half of it.”

New York Times har en intressant artikel om arbetet i Afganistan:

”do’s and don’ts when talking to villagers in Afghanistan: Don’t start by firing off questions, do break the ice by playing with the children, don’t let your interpreter hijack the conversation.”

Det handlar om ansträngningar att nå kvinnor i Afganistan:

”Rural Afghan women, who meet at wells and pass news about the village, are often repositories of information about a district’s social fabric, power brokers and militants, all crucial data for American forces. On some occasions, Captain Pottinger said in an e-mail message, women have provided information about specific insurgents and the makers of bombs.

As part of their conversations with Afghan women, the Marines are to ask basic questions, including what is the most difficult problem facing the village. The answers will go into a database to guide the military and aid workers. As Ms. Kielpinski, the instructor, told the Marines, “If the population has told you that their biggest problem is irrigation and your unit does something about it, that’s a huge success.”

De har satt ihop team med kvinnliga soldater kan prata med afganska kvinnor, något som manliga soldater inte får. Deprimerande att det krävs speciella kvinnogrupper för att nå hela befolkningen. Men intressant att ansträngningar görs att faktiskt nå hela befolkningen. Tycker jag. Läs mer här.