I can’t stand looking at the picture above and yet, at the same time, I can’t stop looking at the picture. (Click on image for larger image.)
- What are your thoughts?
- What goes through your mind?
- What stands out the most in the picture?
The picture is simply heartbreaking. I hold in tension the world God intended for humanity and the dire reality of a broken and fallen world and long so much for the restoration of shalom – and left wondering…
And wondering some more.
Kudos to the Boston Globe for their regular contributions to some of the most compelling photo-journalism. This time, they cover photos to mark 8 years of the War in Afghanistan. // Part 1 and Part 2. Do yourself a favor and click these links.
Today, nearly eight years after the initial invasion of Afghanistan, the country remains unstable at best, and the U.S. is now pouring thousands of new troops into the country, joining the international coalition to combat the Taliban insurgency. This year, bomb attacks on coalition troops have reached an all-time high – at least 46 American troops killed by IEDs this year, part of the larger figure of 1,249 coalition deaths to date. On June 25th, U.S. officials announced the launch of Operation Khanjar – 4,000 U.S. Marines and hundreds of NATO and Afghan forces pushing into various parts of Helmand province attempting to secure the area ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election next month. Consider this entry a double-issue – there has been so much powerful photography coming out of Afghanistan the past few months, I had a very hard time editing down to just these, recent photographs from Afghanistan.