All posts by Melissa Kerr Chiovenda

Melissa Kerr Chiovenda is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Connecticut. She conducted a total of eighteen months of fieldwork in Afghanistan, in Bamyan, Jalalabad, and Kabul. She has an MA from Georgetown University's Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies program, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Personal Reflections on Kunduz and the Bombing of the MSF Hospital

When I heard Kunduz, a major city in the north of Afghanistan, had been overtaken by the Taliban, I was shocked. The shock did not stem from surprise, or a disbelief that Talib fighters might be capable of such a victory, despite the psychological impact, the possible loss of morale, that the takeover led to. Kunduz had long been the most problematic city in the north of the country. A mix of ethnicities, interwoven with vying political factions, meant that the Taliban were able to take advantage while the city was essentially mismanaged. Continue reading Personal Reflections on Kunduz and the Bombing of the MSF Hospital