Afghanistan Up Close And On Video

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

Afghanistan Up Close And On Video
For security reasons I can’t tell youthe stories of everybody in the video, but here are two of the most poignant:

00:51 The little girl with the headwound has an infection. A Special Forces medic treated her for weeks before shegot better. She lives in a rural area where the Taliban have been trying tostop kids from getting an education, by poisoning or destroying wells neartheir schools.

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

As Canada's women's soccer team prepares for its gold medal match against Sweden this week in Tokyo, it also prepares to make history as the first Olympic team to have an openly transgender, non-binary athlete win a medal at the games.

Quinn, the 25-year-old midfielder, announced their non-binary identity on social media last September, adopting they/them pronouns and a singular name. Quinn said they'd been living openly as a transgender person with their loved ones, but this was their first time coming out publicly.

"I want to be visible to queer folks who don't see people like them on their feed. I know it saved my life years ago," they wrote. "I want to challenge cis folks ( if you don't know what cis means, that's probably you!!!) to be better allies."

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