Wherever you find war, you find children affected by it. Wherever you find a neighborhood reduced to rubble, you find children playing in it. Whenever there is loss, poverty, destruction and chaos, you will find children living in it.
Embedded with the Afghan National Army and later with the US Army as they ran operations in Afghanistan and cross border raids into Pakistan searching for Taliban insurgents, I crossed paths with literally thousands of children.
I paid close attention to how they reacted to their small villages being explored and searched by men in uniforms carrying weapons. I watched emotions ranging from awe and inspiration to fear and of course, plain inquisitiveness.
It is anyone’s guess how children will be affected by the experiences they have in their formative years, but it is important maintain that war always affects those who experience it. With millions of children around the world growing up in conflict, the possible repercussions should be analyzed.
This photo series is a glimpse into the war in Afghanistan from perspective of the children who live there and experience it on a daily basis.-
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