Providing the essential connection between Canadians working in Afghanistan, interpreters were asked to translate conversations or documents and to provide a cultural understanding. This work was extremely dangerous as they, and their families, were targeted by the Taliban.
Projects could be “quick impact” like building a well or more long-term like rebuilding and refurbishing a local fire station. In both cases, CIMIC teams assessed the needs of the local population and how resources could be distributed to both improve the local quality of life and support ISAF’s needs by creating a positive image of the military forces.
From Kabul to Kandahar
Kabul was generally peaceful during these years and Canadian CIMIC teams were able to complete a number of projects that significantly improved living conditions in and around Kabul, thereby helping create support for the new government. As Canada left Kabul and moved to the province of Kandahar the dynamic of CIMIC was about to change.