The Survival Guide to Kabul©

Published internationally in July 2003 as Kabul: The Bradt Mini Guide.

First published in Kabul in September 2002 as a pamphlet.



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Dominic Medley and Jude Barrand


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June 2003 with Kabul: The Bradt Mini Guide


The Survival Guide to Kabul

The authors are two friends who met for the first time in Islamabad through a mutual friend and BBC journalist, Alice Coulter: ‘my friend is out there, you must meet her’. Through the crazy days of endless work in Kabul the fun project of The Survival Guide to Kabul kept them sane. Thanks Alice.


Jude Barrand worked in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003 for Caritas Internationalis as Press Officer and returned at the beginning of 2004 for Internews. She worked in Indonesia for Surf Aid after her time in Kabul. Jude is a former newspaper journalist in the west of England who moved on to Euronews in France and presenting on ITN in London. When she’s abroad she also reports for Vatican Radio on current events and the work of Catholic humanitarian projects. Jude lived in Rome for a time and has also contributed material to Fodor’s Guide to Rome.


Dominic Medley returns to Kabul in March 2006 with the UNDP. He worked in Afghanistan from February 2002 for Internews as Project Director, setting up a journalist-training project from scratch. He returned in 2003 to complete this version of the guide and then worked with Radio Free Afghanistan as Project Coordinator and journalist trainer. In 2004 Dominic worked as a consultant for Radio Arman, 98.1FM in Kabul, the city’s first commercial and independent music radio station. He also launched Afghan Scene Magazine and the Afghanistan Foreign Press Association.


Dominic has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Albania, Romania and Indonesia on media-development projects with the BBC and Internews, including work with the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo. Most recently in 2005 and 2006 Dominic worked in Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Armenia with the Media Diversity Institute and in Somaliland, Somalia and Russia with the BBC World Service Trust.


Dominic is a former BBC journalist who reported for TV and radio in the west of England, making numerous reporting trips to Sierra Leone and Eritrea and to Bosnia and Croatia as a journalist and humanitarian-aid driver during the conflicts. Dominic also runs and work in progress includes, and




September 2002 with the first editions of the guide sold by the street children.





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The Survival Guide to Kabul©