My Mephetic Life
Afghanistan War 2012

Afghanistan’s children of war

Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan. A nation ravaged by 30 years of war and it is in these extreme conditions that children’s basic right to life and development is seriously compromised. The children there are at risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. More than 1.6 million children are left orphaned in Afghanistan mainly due to conflict, depriving these children of family life. In the war, not only do children die, they can also be recruited and used to fight in armed forces and groups.

An Afghan girl watches
as a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police walks past with paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne)

Afghan children watch Afghan National Security Force
soldiers and paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry walk past them while on a mission to improve the biological database of men living in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province

Afghan girls watch paratroopers
from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province

An Afghan girl consoles another young girl
who started crying after seeing paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry walk through her village on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province.

Afghan girls watch as a female paratrooper
, who is part of a Female Engagement Team attached to Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry, walks past while on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database of fighting aged males, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province

A member of a Female Engagement Team
attached to Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry gives candy to children, while on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database of fighting aged males, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan’s Paktiya

An Afghan boy watches a paratrooper from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry provide security on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database of fighting aged males, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province

Afghan boys laugh as they watch a paratrooper from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry providing security while on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database of fighting aged males, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province

Afghan children react as they watch a paratrooper from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry provide security while on a helicopter assault mission to improve their biological database of fighting aged males, near the town of Ahmad Khel in Afghanistan’s Paktiya
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