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Oregon Soldiers Give Aid to Remote Afghanistan Village (VIDEO)

Because of this mission, people here now stand a much better chance of surviving the frigid Afghan winter.

KatehKhil, Afghanistan
KatehKhil was the chosen village to receive
much needed supplies for winter.
Photo by: Tim King

(KATEHKHIL, Afghanistan) - Oregon National Guard soldiers aided by members of other U.S. services banded together and traveled to a snow-covered mountain village to provide clothing, shoes, toys and other essentials to people that have very little. As Tim King reports, this is a place where items sent from the United States find their way directly into the hands of the people who need them more than words can describe.

This mission to deliver clothing, shoes and other essential goods to a remote village called KatehKhil in Afghanistan was a big boost for some very poor people.

The items were private donations from the United States, and delivered by the U.S. military. Because of this mission, people here now stand a much better chance of surviving the frigid Afghan winter.

1st Sgt Don Weber explained, "KatehKhil consists of four villages, this is the smallest of the four villages. This is the poorest of the four that are out here, and that is why we selected this village."

If you had to use one word to describe an Afghanistan humanitarian mission, that word just might be frustrating. Americans with the most basic sense of parenting might not approve of much here, but this frustration goes a long way in emphasizing the importance of educating people in this frequently cold and often isolated place.

These poverty stricken people of Asia also may have a few lessons they could teach western societies, their Islamic faith teaches them from an early age to maintain what could only be described as fundamental moral values.

But the poorest of poor people still try to maximize opportunities that benefit their families, and one man was caught by an Afghan soldier for taking repeated turns in line.

Emphasizing the magnitude of the danger in this war torn land, red and white rocks near the distribution site mark unexploded landmines. We were warned to stay on white side, others didn't seem to care.

They say God watches over drunks and fools, and here it is obvious that a higher power also watches over the innocent and uneducated, people that understand war and ammunition far more intimately than they perceive faraway cultures.

Watch the Video News Report below, direct from Kabul, Afghanistan by Tim King:

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club.

Serving the community in very real terms, is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 82 writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address:

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Henry Ruark December 24, 2006 12:48 pm (Pacific time)

Tim: Nothing like "telling it true" from "over there", too...which is what you do ! My pleasure to participate with the King's men...and ladies.

Tim King December 24, 2006 5:04 am (Pacific time)

Kathy, my pleasure, thanks for saying that. It has been amazing to experience a war with such a humanitarian angle. Rod, it is safe and warm inside a "B" hut as I write this, you are a lifesaver as you know. Gino, it is awesome brother, can't wait to share more when I return. Albert, this is one big world and in my humble opinion, our rich nation couldn't ever do enough. Open your heart man and don't worry so much about money. It does us little good in life and burial cloaks have no pockets. Unless you have seen the disparity here, compared to the images of the good life they were experiencing before the Russian invasion and Taliban infestation, it is hard to understand. They have been doing well for most of the last thousand years, and very poorly over the past thirty. Thanks just the same for your input. Hank, thanks for your wonderful thoughts, you are ever gracious and your heart is huge, thanks for being part of our group! Tim- high in the frozen mountains of Afghanistan

Kathy Fox December 24, 2006 12:12 am (Pacific time)

I'm glad that a story such as this shows Americans what we have and they don't, giving more perspective to the conflict there. I'd like more stories from the "Front".

Rod December 20, 2006 4:20 pm (Pacific time)

Nice story Tim! Take care of my battery charger :)

gino December 19, 2006 10:59 pm (Pacific time)

Tim, "oh the places you'll go" great work.

Albert Marnell December 19, 2006 10:37 am (Pacific time)

These people have been used to living this way for thousands of years. I am glad that they are getting more creature comforts with what Americans call essentials, I just wish it did not come at such a great expense to the American, taxpayer, military personel and all of the corrupt government contracts with private industry. This reminds me of a one day Halloween in a thousand year period. Nice coverage anyway Tim, at least there is a little good with all of the bad. But I still want all of the corruption and lies to stop from MSM which is controlled by multinationals and the paid off Congress people and their minions. Do you know how many people die on the streets of New York, New York as one city alone, yet Americans walk right over them? I was there just the other day and things are not much different than 30 years ago.

Henry Ruark December 19, 2006 6:35 am (Pacific time)

Tim: As always, your video speaks to both heart-and-mind, with impact otherwise impossible. We need to learn, listen and then think...before we do. Project pays off in powerful way, helping here-and-there simultaneously.

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