CBS) They fled to avoid getting caught up in the crossfire. Now the people of Marjah are coming back.
There are still some pockets of resistance, but after weeks of anticipation and long days of bitter fighting, coalition forces have most of Marjah under their control. For the first time, local residents feel safe enough to leave their homes, even share a joke.
Some shops in the central market are open and business is brisk.
Marjah is slowly coming back to life now that the Taliban have been cleared out, reports CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark. The challenge will be keeping it that way.
I'm very happy that I can open my shop", says a local shopkeeper. "But I'm worried about the police, because all they did last time was shake us down for money."
Afghan police have begun arriving in Marjah and residents are watching them with suspicion as they take over from Marines.
|Liveleak on Facebook|