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Attack on social scientist in the Human Terrain System in Afghanistan

13 November, 2008

Some sad news: Paula Lloyd, a social scientist on a Human Terrain Team in Afghanistan, was reportedly doused in gasoline and set on fire by a Taliban supporter.  According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Lloyd was interviewing a man about gasoline prices when the man, who was carrying a container of gasoline,  doused her and lit her on fire.  Via Open Anthropology, a Reuters news report says that the Taliban claim that children were responsible for setting on fire and killing a “female soldier” when she was searching homes in Maiwand in the province of Kandahar.  Lloyd, however, is not dead; she was evacuated to a hospital with burns over 60% of her body.  Reuters also reports that another “U.S. civilian” shot dead the Afghani who set her on fire.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 November, 2008 6:22 am

    My thoughts are with Paula, god speed in a quick recovery.

    As for the animal who did this, I would have certainly done the same, damn the consequences.
    Some things must be done.
    The guy who killed her attacker is less than human and didn’t deserve to live after what he did.
    I only hope the security guy who killed him gets off free as he did what was proper and just.

  2. 22 November, 2008 6:24 am

    damn. i meant to say, her attacker is less than human and deserved to die. nobody can dispute that.

  3. Angel Q. permalink
    29 December, 2008 3:09 pm

    Your in our prayers Paula, we are glad your home.
    i will see you soon, to share a peacefull moment and a blessing!
    Angel for you!!
    ^j^

  4. MM8 permalink
    5 October, 2009 11:08 am

    Paula died of secondary infection at a military burn center in San Antonio Texas…

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