CFAP Althea Thauberger

Kandahar International Airport

Medium: Digital c-print
Dimensions: Variable
Date: 2009

"We arrived in the wee hours at the KAF. I did not see much, but it was very surreal, very apocalyptical feeling. Dust, vehicles, tents, makeshift roads, overwhelming smell of sewage ...I knew before I left that I was interested primarily in women in uniform who were deployed in Afghanistan. It is the first time Canadian women were deployed in such numbers, and especially since this is Canada's first active combat operation since the Korean War.... For the most part we (myself and writer Sharon McKay who traveled with me) were treated with incredible respect, good humour and helpfulness. The visits officers at KAF were outstanding and really amazing, knowledgeable and professional."