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BBC News: Soldiers in Afghanistan: In our own words

September 29, 2011

The daily threat of being wounded or killed on patrol, the boredom of life in camp, and missing family and friends at home. The personal thoughts of British soldiers serving on the front line are captured in a new exhibition at Imperial War Museum North.

Artist Derek Eland, himself a former paratrooper, travelled to Afghanistan earlier this year, and asked UK servicemen and women to write down their feelings – their hopes and fears – about life there.

Continues at: – Soldiers in Afghanistan: In our own words

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 29, 2011 19:17

    British soldiers, I solidarize with You. Your toughts are normal on an abnormal situation, that is not a situation of war, but of terror.
    it is more easily to tell than do, but I invite You to rationalize Your toughts, Your sentiments, Your timors.
    Any situations may differs by others, but alls have the same cause.
    Be resilient, exprime Your timor each other, have not timor to be afraid: it is natural.
    Be sure that You are not alone, as You are on heart of anyone, on toughts of anyone.
    Claudio Alpaca

  2. October 10, 2011 19:56

    As Derek Eland has found out, its still so much easier to write one’s feelings down. The reason I compiled and edited Dark Clouds & Silver Linings which is a compilation of poems, thoughts, of British Soldiers, wives children and their friends.

    This is something that has gone on through every conflict in history and will continue to do so.

  3. October 26, 2011 09:28

    I’ve just watched Soldiers in Afghanistan : In their own words. How moving, how thought provoking. Mostly it made me think that we don’t say enough just how proud we are of you. How grateful we are that you put your lives on hold for us, how you sacrifice time with loved ones, your daily routines and sometimes tragically your lives.

    I am proud. I am grateful. Thank- you

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