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110918-A-VB845-294

U.S. Army Capt. Rader gives an Afghan boy a marker outside of the District Center in Spin Boldak
City, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sep. 18, 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)


Kids out in these villages are obsessed with pens. From what I understand, they're not
allowed to even get into school without basic supplies like this.


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Ayahne Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Student
Hi ! Could i use this for an art school project, please ?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016   Photographer
What would you be doing with it? 
I just want to make sure those pictured aren't painted in a bad light.  
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:icond1882:
D1882 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
ну че пиздюк,подорвать тебя клеймором?
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:icondrochunafurrey:
drochunafurrey Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017
мне кажется мальчик и так взорвётся
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015   Photographer
Same translation issue.  =(
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:iconsillybilly60:
Sillybilly60 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Wonderful capture!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconcombat878:
combat878 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
So what happens when you give a kid a marker?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   Photographer
They still get pretty excited over it.  They have to have their own supplies to b able to attend school. 
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:icongolulu:
GoLulu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What an exceptional picture. :) Thanks for sharing it. :D
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Photographer
Thanks for looking!
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:iconzkkimchi:
ZKKimchi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! It definitely caught my attention and a nice tribute to the troops. I wish I could favorite this more than once. Well done!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014   Photographer
Aw, thank you!  These kinds of things are the closest us parents can get that's similar to spending time with our own kids. 
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Great style! I love this composition! Really great!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!  I wish I had better ones of them playing peek-a-boo around one of the barriers.  I was waiting for CPT Rader to fall over because of his beastly bag. 
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Sessinara Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This has an beautiful message. ^^
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Photographer
:love:
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:iconsessinara:
Sessinara Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:)
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Finnyanne Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one of the most impressive and hearttaking pictures on DA I have ever seen
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!  They're both pretty awesome people.  =D
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GloomShroom Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just realized, you guys probably had such a huge effect on that area if a school is even present in the area.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Photographer
Eh...yes and no.  Depending on the area, the Taliban were taking advantage of the school kids.  =/
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Like making them do things for them? 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   Photographer
Yep.
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Mother fuckers, all it takes is one Apache crew to see a kid being a mule for them to attack. It's sad really. Chris Kyle had seen a mother with her child walk up to some Marines and whip out a grenade, fortunately for the Marines he shot the grenade before it could be employed, not so fortunate for the child nearby.
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raypettit74 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amen man, Chris Kyle was a bad dude.
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Why do you yankees need to play the role of the world police all the time? Let those 3rd world assholes kill themselves without interrupting them.

You're not interested in 'keeping the peace' or 'being the good guys'; your soldiers are mere puppets of your sick government trying to push their nose into places where it doesn't belong, guarding the oil and other assets. You are hypocrites.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Photographer
Honestly, it varies.  Some of them do it to get brownie points, some do it for power.  Us little guys try our best to help those in need down there because we give a damn.  :shrug:
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Because some of us can't stand the thought of little kids and women being killed for no reason.
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:iconraypettit74:
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Carefull dumbass. We are the reason you can call us hypocrites.
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:iconraypettit74:
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hooah Sir!
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
ooh rah! :salute:
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:iconraypettit74:
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:salute::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer:
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YSLiao Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A marker. ... Stuff that gets thrown around any office like the cheap trash they are, is like a treasure chest key to these boys. Key to the treasure chest called 'school', containing treasure called 'learning', both of which are treated like lamp posts here in the States - just something that's there and always there so people don't really care about that much.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013   Photographer
Absolutely.  After learning that they weren't allowed to go to school unless they already had those supplies, I started keeping a stash in my bag all the time.  It's amazing how much we take for granted every where else. 
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YSLiao Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Think I can donate that far away?
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
You really should not. Let them take care of their own business.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Photographer
I think so.  Not too sure who runs the show over there right now, I'd have to ask around.  The PSYOP/Civil Affairs folks usually run the humanitarian aid missions. 
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rain45 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Photographer
This picture saddens me a bit, cuz its not like you see military personnel from other countries just walking around our streets with equipment n stuff. reminds me that many in this country take their safety for granted
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Photographer
Too true.
I noticed all kinds of reactions to us being there on patrols. Some people appreciated it, others hated it and the rest didn't care.
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BloodChild66 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness in one picture!
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Photographer
Free sharpies FTW! :la:
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raypettit74 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ha haaa, awesome comment is awesome.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013   Photographer
;)
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raypettit74 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:XD:
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PeaceKeeperd Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I hope to one day help people like this, kids and adults. I love our servicemen and women serving out there and other places in the world, making it a better place. I love you guys and keep chargin'.

Hoorah! :) Nice job man.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   Photographer
It's an amazing feeling, especially seeing the smiles and getting hugs from those that appreciate the help. =D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional
sweet
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MrAustin390 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I might not live in America, but I regard myself as a member of the free world, and the U.S. military is my army, risking their lives every day to give these people a better life.
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