Gurkhas win hearts and minds in Helmand
There are signs of increasing stability in Helmand Province – one of the most dangerous British-controlled areas of Afghanistan.
A Company of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles arrived at their Nahr-e Saraj patrol base in May. Just a year ago it was rare for anyone to leave the base without being attacked.
Another sign of progress is the latest stretch of the Helmand Road Map — 400kms of asphalt road local contractors are laying. People who fled the fighting are said to be returning home and children are in school – unimaginable a year ago. The Gurkhas have started to forge good relations with local people; Gurkha cooking has even boosted the economy a little with increased demand for local goats and chickens.
Click on the image below to view the report by Rob Olver in Nahr-e Saraj for BFBS