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Life in a War Zone

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A young boy drives donkeys laden with harvested poppy to his home in northern Afghanistan. Afghanistan currently produces about 90% of the world's supply of opium. © 2002 Thorne Anderson/Corbis

Hour 2:           We often hear reports about the conditions our soldiers face in Afghanistan, but what is life like for Afghan civilians, many of whom have never known a life without war? We’ll spend this hour with journalists Anna Badkhen and Thorne Anderson. The two have collaborated on many reporting projects over the years and Badkhen’s recent E-book from Foreign Policy, “Afghanistan by Donkey: One Year in a War Zone,” includes a portfolio of photographs by Anderson.

  • mammaBee

    My son worked with many explosive devices while in the military. He came home with tramatic brain injuries (TBI). His girlfriend broke up with him. She sighted examples of his lack of self-control as the biggest reason, with his warped (beyond warped) sense of humor going too far beyond normal, as reasons for the breakup. These things are just a few things of what can happen to a person with TBI.
    TBI injuries can come from many sources. Explosive sound waves can break many of the fine connections within the brain. At the same time, a concussion from daily sports, or a fall out of a tree, can also cause many of the connections to be broken. The resulting broken connections can cause permenant damage. Though it is know that the brain can heal some types of connections, and can create new connections, this does not by any means relate to the person being normal afterwards.
    My son can function normally on many levels; however, on many other levels, he will never be the same.