Isn't it funny how we can focus on an issue to the point of not seeing the forest for the trees? Take the current war in Afghanistan. We've been there almost 12 years and yet how many times have you read or have seen Afghanistan from the Afghans point of view? Not many times, I'd wager.
This morning I read the following story featured by The Guardian. Written by photographer Giles Duley who had survived an landmine blast while capturing the effects of the war on the citizens of Afghanistan...
Photographer Giles Duley was nearly killed after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan. Back home, fighting for his life in hospital, he made himself a promise: to return to Kabul to complete his mission of documenting the savage toll that war takes on civilians. This is his story.
Alongside the article written, you will find a audio slideshow of some of his photographs that he had taken while in pursuit of his perspective. If nothing else, you would do well to view the slideshow here.
Within Mr. Duleys' story was a link to a TED presentation by Alberto Cairo. The video talk lasts a full 19min. long. 19 minutes that will reshape your thinking on how one man changed the world around him.. I hope that you will watch it and reflect on his words.
There are many men and women who have given much of their lives (over 2000 Americans have given their all) to make a difference in the lives of the Afghans. These are but a few that are worthy of our time to listen and gain perspective from.
Perhaps it's possible that we will see more of Giles Duley work from Afghanistan.
And so it goes......