In 2005, An Avoidable Air Crash Claimed 104 Lives in Afghanistan — My Friend Alex was One of Them

A long-overdue tribute to Alex Meerburg who died on a mission to rebuild the war-torn country

With contribution from Daniel Lough

The stunning Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Photo by author.

It was the evening on February 3, 2005, when my phone rang. A clear female voice spoke in English. “I am Alex Meerburg’s mother. BBC TV is…