Sophia Bush: Why I Almost Went to Afghanistan
The 28-year-old One Tree Hill star and her journalist friend, Karen Day, organized the week-long trip to visit troops and also meet with local ladies fighting for women’s rights in the region – but then Osama Bin Laden was killed.
“As threat levels in Afghanistan skyrocketed, my plans to travel there hit a wall. One military worker explained it to me this way, ‘A 20-something brunette girl whose last name is Bush probably shouldn’t be heading into Kabul right now. If they think you’re the former President’s daughter, you’d make quite a target for them,’” she wrote. “The sentiment was unanimous: I should not travel into Afghanistan until the dust settles.
“So, Karen and I hatched a new plan. She was still going – she had been there many times before and wouldn’t raise any suspicions by going back. And her passport doesn’t bear an unfortunate political surname, the way mine does. (For the record, my dad is from Canada, and I am in no way related to President Bush.),” she added.
By using Skype with Karen, Sophia will still “blog away, as planned. I’d just be doing it from the comfort of my office. So much for the combat boots.”
Read Sophia‘s full blog at MarieClaire.com!