Dust Blowing – Story 1.

Afghanistan is a country that has fascinated me since I was about 8 years old. The vast open spaces, the austerity of the landscape, and the relationship of that area to ancient civilizations such as the Mogul Empire and the huge derelict cities of the plain captured my imagination.



Sadly I’ve never been there, to experience the amazing and often difficult terrain for myself, and probably, courtesy of the political situation, will never be able to. But I can go via the imagination and I hope that in Dust Blowing, set in modern-day Afghanistan, I can take my readers with me.


As for the story itself – it developed, as stories often do, out of a dilemma which the main character in Dust Blowing faces. And as often the case there is no easy answer. As there is no easy answer to the question it raises –  is there such a thing as mercy-killing, or is killing someone always murder?

I’d love to hear others’ opinions, both on the main question, and on the story itself if you’ve read it.

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2 thoughts on “Dust Blowing – Story 1.

  1. It’s so easy to sit here in the relative comfort of the West and moralise – whether from religious, humanist, pacifist or other principles – about right and wrong. Not having experienced war, or hunger, or homelessness, or any other of those ‘evils’, I have absolutely no idea how my thinking on an issue like homicide might change in such circumstances.

  2. I posed the question to myself and I’m not sure how I would react either. It’s such a difficult one.

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