Memoirs of a St Leonards aid worker in Afghanistan

Eileen Masters
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A St Leonards author has published a book about her experience as an aid worker in war-torn Afghanistan.

Eileen Masters happily volunteered when an opportunity came up to fix the accounting systems in an Oxfam office in the capital Kabul.

She discovered the city was under heavy bombardment and many aid agencies were actually evacuating their staff.

Eileen’s memoir, now published as an ebook A Dangerous Place to Picnic: An aid worker in Afghanistan, tells the story of her unforgettable six months.

“Having spent many years as an aid worker I was happy to volunteer, knowing that part of the world quite well,” she said.

“What I didn’t know or expect was how bad the situation actually was until I arrived.

“It was a different time, with no Internet, mobile phones or email of course and we mainly relied on written communications,” she said.

“There was no question of my being able to do anything except get on with it and help the amazing local team keep delivering essential support.”

One of the trusted Kabul team Eileen worked with was Zia – now Commissioner Ahmad Zia Langari at Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission – who was taken aback by the memoirs.

“A way of tribute to those aid workers who work under very risky and difficult conditions in different problematic parts of the world,” he said.

Eileen’s story is now available exclusively as an ebook from independent publisher Dilliebooks at

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