The last time Zabihullah Tamanna spoke to his friend Sultan Faizy, he told Faizy he was about to head to Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. The 38-year-old photographer and married father of three would be there on assignment with NPR, along with three other journalists.
“Stay safe,” Faizy said. “I will see you when you return.”
Faizy, a reporter, tried to call Tamanna over the next few weeks to check up on him, but with mobile phone service often shut off in conflict-ridden areas of southern Afghanistan, he could not reach him.