Afghanistan Country Director Shabir Ahmad Kamawal
When I joined ILF-Afghanistan, on February 15, 2006, I worked under an Afghan supervisor and several International Fellows who reviewed our cases. Though I anticipated having reservations about the training and all the work that the ILF expected of me, in actuality, I felt extremely fulfilled to go through the process of gathering evidence. Even before I started handling my own cases, I excitedly participated in the training program.
Of course, some of the techniques I learned during my training were difficult to put into practice. Simply finding a crime scene can be a challenge in Afghanistan as is finding and interviewing a witness. Initially, police and prosecutors were unwilling to allow defense lawyers to conduct independent investigations. Also, just as we were unaccustomed to interviewing witnesses, the average person was at times confused about why we were asking questions. However, because we were part of the community and not the authorities, we could often learn important information with just a bit of effort.