Thanks, Michael, for putting a human face on the people that we are trying to help. Although we are sometimes the bull in the china shop hopefully the extra attention that Afghanistan is now (will be...) getting.
The writing is using Arabic letters... from what I can tell it is "meem wais (or waays)" I don't know what it means,
unless it is an abbreviation for something.
The armbands on their arms carry their IDs - so all can see they are 'legit' when they walk around a base, FOB, etc.
Usually, you are asked when you enter a secure area for your ID. You leave it on your arm (or around your neck) for easy access and for easy ID (by other people).
And, lastly, the book 'The Kite Runner' was fiction.
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