Tuesday, May 29, 2012

US out of Afghanistan

The little girl is teasing her older sister while she tests her new artificial limbs at the International Red Cross (ICRC) physical rehab center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since the ICRC opened its rehab program in 1988, 25,000 amputees have been treated at its five centers in Afghanistan. Seventy-seven percent of the amputees were land mine victims & 70% were civilians. Afghanistan has 10 million land mines including in rural & urban areas. Some are from the war with the former USSR but the US & NATO forces continue to be profligate in their use. Land mines kill nearly 20,000 people every year, some decades after the ends of the wars when they were used. They are a barbaric weapon of war against civilians & of course the US refuses to repudiate their use. Demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all US-NATO troops from Afghanistan & payment of compensation to the people of Afghanistan for this barbaric war against them. (Photo by Anja Niedringhaus/AP)

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