Afghanistan Up Close And On Video

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Karim Delgado just spent six months as a
videographer with U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan. When he got home to New
York he made this video of how he experienced the war from behind his camera. It’s
a film Karim feels the rest of us should see. 

For security reasons I can’t tell you
the stories of everybody in the video, but here are two of the most poignant:

00:51 The little girl with the head
wound has an infection. A Special Forces medic treated her for weeks before she
got better. She lives in a rural area where the Taliban have been trying to
stop kids from getting an education, by poisoning or destroying wells near
their schools.

01.59 The boy charging toward the
camera with a gun enlisted to join his local police force. There are so few
able-bodied men in Afghanistan’s rural villages that Special Forces soldiers often end
up training young boys. His gun is loaded with live ammo!

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