Reporters on the Job

Rising Risks in Kabul : Correspondent Rachel Morarjee has been living in, and reporting from, Afghanistan for two years. But in recent months, she's begun to reconsider whether it's worth staying. "It feels a lot less safe in Kabul than it did at this time last year," she says.

In May, anti-American rioting came close to the home where she was living. Several nearby buildings were burned after a US military convoy collided with Afghan vehicles, killing five civilians.

On Friday, Rachel went to the site of a suicide bombing in Kabul. Sixteen people died, including two US soldiers. It was the deadliest suicide attack in the capital since the fall of the Taliban Islamic regime in late 2001. It wasn't the first suicide bombing Rachel has covered, but it was both the easiest and the most difficult. "It was easy to talk to neighbors about what happened. Normally, the site gets cordoned off and you don't get that close. It was hard, too, because this was the biggest one. It was the goriest, nastiest thing I've seen since I've been here.

"I was talking to some of the neighbors and victims, and frankly, I left while other journalists were still reporting. I couldn't listen anymore," she says.

David Clark Scott
World editor

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