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December 20, 2011
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Dec 17, 2011, 10:23:54 AM
Helping Out by tanikel Helping Out by tanikel

U.S. Army Sgt. Lidya Admounabdfany writes down information from a local woman at the Woman's
Center near the Zhari District Center outside of FOB Pasab, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec.
17, 2011. Sgt. Admounabdfany is a member of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division's Female
Engagement Team (FET) and is gathering information from women so the FET can distribute blankets
and winter clothing to the women and their families. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)


My military imagery is available for public domain. As the photographer, I don't have control over
how you may use it, but I ask that it be done with respect to the individuals represented here.
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Given 2013-07-13
Helping Out by =tanikel ( Suggested by ihamo and Featured by 1pen )
This is a beautiful presentation of compassion and understanding from one woman to another. The tears of the lady in the black robe are shed because of the hardships she and her loved ones have had to endure for so long, and because she and her loved ones are receiving relief and supplies after waiting for what may have felt like an eternity to them. The women of the Female Engagement Team, especially Sergeant Admounabdfany, serve as strong and compassionate role models for women who want to make more out of themselves and stand as "camouflaged angels" for this lady and the rest of the families that the FET are helping throughout the Kandahar Province. Sergeant Admounabdfany's expression shows us that she is focused on completing her objectives while humbly serving people less fortunate than her, listening to their needs, and preparing to give them the resources that they need. Spectacular job, and thank you all for the selfless sacrifices you make for me, every other American, and the many other people across the planet who want to enjoy freedom, democracy, love, and compassion.
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As a former Army grunt, I salute you, sister soldier. It's never easy being away from home - especially on deployments. Please keep your head down and return home safely from your deployment(s).

Now, about the frame: I know full well how the Iraqi people were treated when they came to base for medical treatment and such. While some were let through without question, others were subject to harsh profiling; giving way to some raised tensions around our camp. Some of the folks in my unit fed the propaganda machine, claiming they were all terrorists; which I found out through my time on the gate, was not the case. These people were simply looking for a helping hand. Nothing more and nothing less.

This is why I like your frame. You shine a positive light on the indigenous people. They're not all crazy, monkey bar-swinging terrorists looking to hijack planes; they are human beings like us. I know it seems kind of silly to think that, but certain media outlets (particularly one's named after fluffy-tailed animals) can instill that image in the minds of the population with some relative ease.

I think more photos like this should be taken. Put a human face to the misery; show that you, yourself, care about the people and, perhaps, inspire others to see things the same way.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   Photographer
Thanks again!  :hug:
alokbarso Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Photographer
soo touched !! xcilent
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!  =D
Heltinde Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gosh, this is such a lovely and powerful image.
What a well-deserved DD!
tanikel Featured By Owner May 31, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!  I never thought about the impact of my photos at the women's center, especially since it was just something I did for fun. 
Heltinde Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Not a problem at all! :)
RowdyRocks909 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Great photo, you got a well deserved Daily Deviation. :heart:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! =D
Orchideacae Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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I am going to leave aside all that I've known regarding the facts, I am not going to talk about politics, or military actions in Afghanistan.

I am just going to look at the photo, that speaks of two women,

One has lost everything she has ever had, ever known ,ever loved. And doesn't know, doesn't even bother to think what's in her future, or if there is a future for her.

And the other one, who seems to be a bit touched, though it's not in the description of her duty.

And that is the is what makes it a great moment.
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