Tonight on our way home from Microrayon with Marsha's friend Faisal we were stopped at a police checkpoint. Afghan police are paid about $40 a month and supplement their income with bribes or "bakhshesh". If a man or men are traveling after dark, they are frequently stopped by the police and "shaken down" questioned or detained. If there are women in the car it is allowed to pass through without any problem. Faisal's mother and sister came with us as "security" so that he would not be traveling alone on his way home.