Once A Girl

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Afghan Girl © Stewart Weir 2002

Down a side alley in Herat I came across a group of children playing with a ball. I framed this young girl who just stood there completely unfazed, smiled at me and I raised my camera and she just stood as she is in the image minus the smile.

She was about 10 years old and she must now be around 21. After the fall of the Taliban the people of Herat were full of a positive outlook with great promises being made by the West. Some said that nothing would change and in time the Taliban would make a return. Ive wondered many times what has happened to the children in Herat I photographed for Warchild.

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed”  Dwight D Eisenhower

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