14 November 2006 - Daikundi Prison, Afghanistan
Three days of working with Kamala (with red scarf) in Daikundi was one of those life-changing events for me.
Kamala was a Human Rights Officer at the UN and I was assisting her in the prison for prisoners' rights. She was extremely passionate about human rights and having an impact through her efforts.
The two prisoners (on my left and right) were released after two days of hard talk with prosecutors about the prisoners' overstay in the prison; just because they couldn't pay the bribe.
Their freedom from over-crowded prison was unexpected. They couldn't believe that they were free and they could go home.
Kamala resigned from her position in 2008, due to inaction by the government and UN. In mid-2008, she died in an unfortunate road accident in South America. Daikundi prisoners shed tears for her death.
July 2009 - Bala Woer, Daikundi
Travelling with my colleagues in Bala Woer, a village in a remote area, we stopped. A man was shouting my name and running towards me. First, I couldn't recognised him. But he introduced me as one of the prisoners released on 14 November 2006 (between me and the broken plastic chair of prison-guard). He thanked me for the favour.
I was surprised because he could still recognise me after 3 years. However, I had to leave for another long journey. Leaving this man in his village; with a lesson of sowing seeds of goodness and flowing with the time. The moment of happiness, seeing him free in his village is simply, 'a treasure' in my heart.