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Gurkhas win hearts and minds in Helmand

July 15, 2011

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

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    July 15, 2011 12:02

    Positive signs are present and a new era, where relations with Afgan people are being a reality constitute a new scenario, that is that was a hope on past.

    it is a good reality for all the world.

    Thanks to You.

    Pieve di Teco, 15.7.2011 Claudio Alpaca

  2. Shadowman permalink
    July 16, 2011 07:55

    Good stuff! *** Go the Gurkhas! ***

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