Margaret Larson Margaret Larson Margaret Larson’s stories Indonesia: Returning from "Ground Zero" January 12, 2005 Indonesia: Reflection from Banda Aceh January 3, 2005 At a tiny airport in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the biggest humanitarian assistance effort in human history is unfolding. This area is 'ground zero' to the tsunami disaster, the first hit and the last to receive aid because of the remote location and the destruction of infrastructure. Afghanistan: In Afghanistan, Mercy and Mayhem December 14, 2003 A hellish predawn raid by truckloads of suspected Taliban gunmen took the life of a Mercy Corps veteran in Afghanistan in August. The violence didn't stop there. That wrenching episode was the second murder in a year, a horrible stretch for our relief workers. Afghanistan: Margaret Larson reports from Pakistan refugee camp December 11, 2001 CHAMAN, PAKISTAN, Dec. 10 - I've been working directly at the border, near Chaman, Pakistan and it has been amazing.