The Guardian: Religion in Camp Bastion: ‘What people are asked to do here can lead to big questions’
Religious affairs correspondent Riazat Butt is travelling through Afghanistan with army chaplains. She starts her blog looking at vigils for dead soldiers, and will send shorter posts throughout the next two weeks.
Few things stay spotless in Camp Bastion, Britain’s dusty and parched military base in south-western Afghanistan. An exception perhaps is a monument, topped by a cross made from discarded shell casings, which sits in a 300sq ft area. It is the focus for an unhappily frequent occasion for servicemen and women – a vigil for soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty in Helmand province.