Pringles, Whiskey and Afghanistan

How My Fave Childhood Snack Gave Me Courage When I Needed It Most.

My personal essay and photographs were featured on Refinery 29.

When I recently accepted a job reporting and shooting in Afghanistan, I knew it was safe to tell my Uncle David — and only him — that I was going somewhere so dangerous. I was accompanying Kimberly Jung, the founder of the spice company Rumi, to the saffron fields of western Afghanistan. There, we would have access to the entire process of the saffron harvest to see how it benefits the country’s women. He just nodded. I was grateful for his silent support.

Melanie Dunea