The war roses of Kabul
(Destroyed Kabul guest house on morning of February attack.)
More than two months ago, Afghan insurgents staged a complex assault on central Kabul that killed 16 people, most of then Indian nationals staying in a small guest house that was decimated by a massive car bomb.
There is little left of the low-profile guest house. A gray tarp hides the wreckage from the street, and a guard keeps watch over the ruins.
Amid the debris, spread across the once-tranquil courtyard, though, dozens of untended roses are now blooming.