Attack on social scientist in the Human Terrain System in Afghanistan
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.