Journalists Injured on Assignment

Raffaele Reports on His Recovery

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There has been quite an improvement since Bagram and Dubai. There, I could only see the outline of faces indistinctly, and my biggest worry was that I would never see again the faces of my wife and daughter. But as the swelling of the brain went down, I began to see faces distinctly again, though only by using my right eye, or so I think.

So I have to be patient. I'm worried about whether it will significantly improve over the next months, but I just have to be patient.

Send an e-mail to Paul, or use the comments space below to wish him well.  


Update, May 7—On April 29, Steve Dupont, a photographer on assignment for Smithsonian magazine, and Paul Raffaele, a writer also on assignment for Smithsonian, were injured when a bomb detonated near the jeep in which they were sitting in the village of Khogyani, some 50 kilometers from Jalalabad, Afghanistan. At least fifteen people were killed in the blast, which may have been detonated by a seven-year-old boy acting as a suicide bomber. Dupont suffered minor abrasions and was treated at the scene. Raffaele, who was closer to the blast, received shrapnel in his arm and neck and underwent treatment at the U.S. hospital at Bagram Air Force Base. Now home in Sydney, Australia, Raffaele's recovery progresses daily and doctors believe any damage caused by shrapnel, some of which remains in his body, will eventually repair itself. The two men were in Afghanistan to report on the harvesting of the poppy crop, from which opium is made. Raffaele's most recent article for Smithsonian was about his visit to Beijing's Forbidden City in China. It ran in the March issue. For Steve Dupont's account of the attack, including a slideshow of his photos, go to

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