The Sky Cries Blood, Afghanistan 2002.
In early 2002, the CBC's David McLauchlin and Connie Watson, with producer Tim Hardinge, were among a handful of western journalists to get into Afghanistan.
The Taliban government had been driven out by relentless American bombing and the mobilization of The Northern Alliance, mostly the militias of the warlords that had been fighting for years against the Soviets, and then one another.
Connie headed toward Kabul. David went to Herat and the Iran border. They created, with Dispatches senior producer Alan Guettel, The Sky Cries Blood -- a three-hour radio special that had them handing off to each other, back and forth, in short scenes from the villages, neighbourhoods, refugee camps and countryside of a broken nation, back when there was so much hope that it could be fixed. They found humour, music and hardship. A lot of amputees; a lot of widows. But wonderful people. Victims and survivors
Connie and David traveled separately for several weeks. Telephone contact was hardly possible. Connie stayed until March 21 -- the first day of Spring and the official New Year's Day of Afghanistan -- and that's what the last hour builds to.
Connie went back in 2003 as part of a CBC project called Yesterday's Promises. David, after a tour through Congo, died of brain cancer in May 2003.
The title The Sky Cries Blood comes from the translation of a poem a widowed mother and war survivor wrote and gave to Connie.
Part One opens with a poem by Sufi theologian Jalal ad-Din Rumi -- an open invitation to come into the region.
Part One (52:52)
Part Two (58:11)
Part Three (55:50)
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