The primary doctor for the tiny Pashtun village of Sabray, Sarawa is one of the key figures in the book, and arguably the person most responsible for saving Marcus Luttrell’s life. Sarawa finds Luttrell after Luttrell has been wounded by the Taliban soldiers. Instead of turning Luttrell over to the Taliban, Sarawa takes care of Luttrell, treating his wounds and bringing him back to Sabray for further care. Sarawa’s behavior proves that, contrary to what Luttrell himself sometimes suggests, the people of Afghanistan aren’t all colluding with the Taliban—on the contrary, most of its people are compassionate individuals, willing to help a stranger. However, Luttrell claims that Sarawa helps him because of an ancient Pashtun custom known as lokhay warkawal, rather than because of any basic human decency or universal moral values.
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...in Sabray—the man is grinning cheerfully. He’s brought Luttrell goat’s milk and water. Shortly afterwards, Sarawa shows up again. He posts a guard outside the cave, and for the next few... (full context)
...team to move Luttrell out of the forest immediately. They begin fixing Luttrell’s wounds, replacing Sarawa’s dressings with fresh bandages and antiseptic cream. Luttrell begins to realize what’s happened: the Army... (full context)