had been photographing the effects of heavy rocket and mortar
shelling in Kabul, Afghanistan. Without warning, hundreds of rockets
started pouring onto the city from several different directions,
and I needed to find cover immediately. The first refuge I saw
was what appeared to be a series of abandoned buildings. I dashed
for cover. It turned out to be a hospital for the insane. Its
residents were victims of more than a decade of war, soldiers
who had lost their minds, and civilians traumatized by indelible
images of the horror that they had witnessed. There was no electricity,
no running water, no doctors, no nurses. Most of the men and women
stood or sat or wandered around all day in a catatonic stupor.
As I photographed them, they seemed completely unaware of my presence."