The Swedish TV company has confirmed the death of its cameraman in Afghanistan. Ulf Stremberg, 42, a representative of the 4th channel of the Swedish television was shot by robbers in the house in Taloqan which the 4th channel and the Swedish newspaper Aftenbladet rented for its staff members. The cameraman died of the wounds on the way to hospital. According to the witnesses, the armed robbers shot Stremberg when he opened the door. They were about 14-15 years old. They stole the money, a mobile telephone, computers, video and photo equipment. Stremberg was working on the 4th channel of the Swedish television since 1998.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.