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by Volker Lankow

2004/06/02 07:06
Lost Contact 07:51
For Héléne 11:15
For Faisal 06:47
For Egil 11:33
For Willem 07:08


On 2 June 2021, we had in the MSF office a moment of silence and remembrance of a tragic incident that occurred in Afghanistan on 2 June 2004.
On that day, a serious incident occurred in the north-western Province of Badghis in Afghanistan in which we lost 5 of our colleagues.

At that time I was working in Afghanistan, but in a different part of the country, in Kabul.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, MSF decided to close all medical activities in Afghanistan after 24 years of humanitarian aid in the country. I was then among those who had the difficult task of closing or handing over all projects, which MSF had in 12 Provinces of Afghanistan. This was very sad as we all felt we were leaving behind many people in need.
5 years later, MSF resumed its activities in the country.

While working on this album, I thought of that day 17 years ago and what followed. I remember the shock when I heard about this tragedy. and I keep thinking about the 5 colleagues we lost in this incident.

I dedicate this Album in deep thoughts to Helene, Willem (Pim), Faisal, Egil and Besmillah, who lost their lives in the terrible attack.

I also dedicate this album to all those who lost their lives while working with MSF during the past 50 years.

And I dedicate the music as well to all those who continue to do great humanitarian work with MSF.


released June 20, 2021

All electronics, drones, sounds and percussion by Volker Lankow.

Cover Photo and Album Design by Volker Lankow.


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Volker Lankow Berlin, Germany

Percussionist since the late seventies, Volker Lankow lives in Berlin, plays and collaborates in many diverse projects, such as together with Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Wolfgang Spahn, David Rothenberg, to name a few.
Volker works on many Solo projects, using percussion instruments and electronics, to develop his own vison of experimental sounds, drones and world music.
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