It was only a 10-week assignment for Lois Raimondo ’81,
but the experience transformed this award-winning Washington Post
photojournalist for a lifetime. Now, through her camera lens and her own
words, Raimondo shares her thoughts on Afghanistan after 9/11 — the
people, the culture and the connections that changed her forever.
I sat in a circle with 35 sixth-graders at North Andover Middle School in Massachusetts,
seeing them - each one - for the first time face-to-face after months of
sporadic long-distance communication between their homeroom class in America and my
satellite phone calling out from Afghanistan. I was now two weeks back
from 10 weeks in the field, my head and heart still roaming the hills of North Afghanistan,
and America felt foreign.