Photographs from Afghanistan's Fighting Season


| 9/25/2009 10:57:42 AM


louie palu 2 A typical fighting season in southern Afghanistan begins in spring and continues through fall. This photo essay by photojournalist Louie Palu in the summer issue of Geist documents last year’s fighting season. It finds the region’s Pashtun people, who know little of life without seasonal warfare, living day to day on the fringes of battle.

As the 2009 fighting season began this past May, Palu returned to Afghanistan to capture what could be the worst season the Pashtun have seen. He writes:

The longer I stay in Afghanistan and the more I see, the fewer answers I have about what is going on there and what the future holds. Back in Toronto I can’t even talk to anyone in a bar, because conversations with people who think they understand Afghanistan just end as heated arguments on the sidewalk.

Source: Geist 

 Image by Louie Palu.



k kruse
9/26/2009 2:36:56 AM

Although you're conflicted about Afghanistan, I'm grateful you're showing and telling your story through images. These days, Afghanistan is typically considered some distant "irritant" by those of us in the West who are consumed with our own immediate, selfish issues like the economy. CNN and the like simply don't do it justice. I just finished a poignant book by a middle-aged soldier whose life was irrevocably changed, after the tragic events of 9/11 prompted him to leave his comfortable suburban life to volunteer with the Army. He helped train Afghan people to defend themselves on their own remote, dangerous, impoverished turf. The book is "AFGHAN JOURNAL: A SOLDIER'S YEAR IN AFGHANISTAN" by Jeff Courter. (www.afghanistan-journal.com) It's really a thoughtful mosaic of insights from a man who struggles with all the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical challenges soldiers face in the trenches. It's not pretty - but it's REAL. And it should be required reading for all of us who don't relate to war or Afghanistan, because we're too busy leading safe, cushy lives in the West...


k kruse
9/26/2009 2:36:11 AM

Although you're conflicted about Afghanistan, I'm grateful you're showing and telling your story through images. These days, Afghanistan is typically considered some distant "irritant" by those of us in the West who are consumed with our own immediate, selfish issues like the economy. CNN and the like simply don't do it justice. I just finished a poignant book by a middle-aged soldier whose life was irrevocably changed, after the tragic events of 9/11 prompted him to leave his comfortable suburban life to volunteer with the Army. He helped train Afghan people to defend themselves on their own remote, dangerous, impoverished turf. The book is "AFGHAN JOURNAL: A SOLDIER'S YEAR IN AFGHANISTAN" by Jeff Courter. (www.afghanistan-journal.com) It's really a thoughtful mosaic of insights from a man who struggles with all the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical challenges soldiers face in the trenches. It's not pretty - but it's REAL. And it should be required reading for all of us who don't relate to war or Afghanistan, because we're too busy leading safe, cushy lives in the West...




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