"When you hold a weapon, you don't cry, you just shoot."
October 15, 2014 10:35 AM Subscribe
Commander Pigeon is a collector of lost and exiled men. The quietest soldier once belonged to the Taliban. He had been captured by local police, escaped, and having heard about Commander Pigeon, walked miles to reach her home. He fell to his knees and begged for protection. She made him swear loyalty. I asked how she knew he wouldn't rebel. "I'm watching him closely," she said. "I'm converting Taliban to normal people."
Jen Percy for TNR: My Night With Afghanistan's Only Female Warlord, Commander Pigeon.
Accompanying photos by Lorenzo Tugnoli.
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