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Children at the Bazaar in Afghanistan. Treated almost as slaves, as a hook to get tourists and Soldiers to by the merchandise for more than itís worth out of petty. This young merchants live each day with the dream of one day going to UK, France, America or any place Soldiers tell them live is better, with the hope of getting sponsored by one of this Soldiers to go study at Oxford or Harvard or even Virginia Tech. Saturday after Saturday they are at the Bazaar with the same story, with the same innocent face, luring Soldiers in and getting exploited by the very same person that is expected to take care of them and protect them, By their Father or Mother or that older Brother.

Every Saturday you see the same boys at the bazaar, and you see them in the streets of Afghanistan getting blown to shreds by the same IED that took the life of your fellow Soldier, the same IED that someone that promised to drive the infidel out of their land, the same one that pledged to protect them, planted in the road turn just meters away from their village. You see the same children come into our ER and see the Docs fighting for their lifeís and then when you return them to their families as ordered, you seat there in disbelieve, immobile, full of rage, and impotent when you can only watch as their father takes a gone to their head while the rest of the family prays to Ala to take him into heaven. All because an infidel saved his life and in the attempt the kit lost his leg or arm. That is their sign that saving his life was not Alaís will.

Photos taken at the Kandahar Bazaar.

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-105 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 May 2011 - 4:34 AM
Focal Length:62mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:A Dream Far to Reach
Username:HectorRivera HectorRivera
Uploaded:20 Jun 2011 - 4:25 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, War
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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2011 - 5:26 PM

Life is full of horrors and sometimes humans are the worst. A

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mikbee
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20 Jun 2011 - 11:32 PM

Life from a far flung corner of the globe !!
Powerful images,but perhaps your narrative is more powerful !!
Mick.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 2:13 AM

This is an incredible set of images-- am wishing it would not be the way it is!
JEnnnnn

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 11:59 AM

Heart wrenching stories that should be shared with the world. The images don't come close to depicting the horror of their young lives. Hopefully. some small seeds of good will grow among the children.

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HectorRivera
HectorRivera e2 Member 7HectorRivera vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2011 - 5:13 PM

It is a terrible reality. Unfortunately I am not in the liberty to take pectures of the things I discribed in words. Please pass it arround for others to read and see the little I am able to publish. Thanks

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2011 - 6:12 PM

A great set of images and thank you for sharing.In this day in age there should not be wars.Well done..Lin

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25 Jun 2011 - 8:15 PM

Great picture

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2011 - 11:50 AM

I knew this would have my award the minute I saw it, but I had to wait until today to give it. This is an excellent piece of photojournalism, and I hope it is shared and viewed many times. This is the kind of truth that people should be made aware of, and I'm sure it is only the tip of the iceberg. Thank you for your service. May God bless you.

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ianrobinson
ianrobinson e2 Member 51181 forum postsianrobinson vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 3:07 PM

excellent piece of journalism well done that man.
The camera never lies.

Ian.

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2011 - 4:08 PM

Sad but true.

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A Booth
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30 Jun 2011 - 12:27 PM

excellent set of well composed natural candids.

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Saigonkick
Saigonkick e2 Member 5Saigonkick vcard United Arab Emirates
9 Jul 2011 - 11:51 AM

Beautiful portrait.

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2011 - 8:38 PM

V1 is one of the most profound works I have ever seen - I thought this was a recent image and I went to award you my UA but realised the images have been uploaded a while - but if I could give you my UA I would - your images and your words have just brought home the awfulness of the situation - bless you for that.

Susan

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HectorRivera
HectorRivera e2 Member 7HectorRivera vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2011 - 7:20 PM

Thanks. Appreciate you takink the time to look at and comment on my work.

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lobski
lobski e2 Member 3lobski vcard Philippines1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2011 - 3:27 PM

Wow. Very moving images!

Fred Grin

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prabhusinha
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2 Aug 2011 - 5:22 PM

Hope one day God will bless them. My heart bleeds at the plight of these innocent children.

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myhappyplaces
myhappyplaces e2 Member 4myhappyplaces vcard United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 - 6:31 PM

What a faboulous picture
Carol

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 4:21 PM

Good set of pictures and a well reported situation ,it is bloody awfull that in these modern times people are dieing in the name of any god,because if there is a god i am sure it would not want that.There can be no hope for a parent that will slaughter his child for his beliefs.Thanks for showing and explaining.Neil.

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Billyray
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10 Aug 2011 - 7:22 PM

What a sad comment on these poor childrens lives, they do deserve better than this. May God help them.
Ray

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tuhin
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18 Aug 2011 - 4:31 PM

Nice shot.
Tuhin

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Nettles
Nettles e2 Member 7Nettles vcard England
19 Aug 2011 - 4:15 PM

Some of our wayward youths could do with a stint out there, they do not realise just how lucky they are Sad
A great set of shots and well worth looking at all of them.
Annette

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AnnChown
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19 Aug 2011 - 5:08 PM

Excellent and very interesting images; v1 is just amazing. These children have a dream which could never become reality - and that is so sad.
Ann

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HectorRivera
HectorRivera e2 Member 7HectorRivera vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 9:45 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments. It is a sad reality, but reality. Ann, it is a far reach dream but hope one day they can also reach that far. That is one of the reasons we are here, Me, my sons and a lot of other Soldiers. We are not here because we hate them, we are here to help them reach that dream one day so this country will no longer be a place from where terrorists are able to put in check the rest the rest of the world. We are here together with our British, Frensh, Australians, Canadians and other friend because we love who we left back home and we want this world to be a safer and better one for them and those children in my photos. Please pass this shot to as many of your friends as possible so they can also see this sad reality.

Thanks to all

Hector

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21 Aug 2011 - 3:35 PM

heart wrenching.........

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23 Aug 2011 - 11:03 PM

Dear Hector this is certainly the most moving report I have seen since I visit this forum.
I can only humbly thank you for sharing ths

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24 Aug 2011 - 8:28 PM

Thanks you all for the encouraging comments

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28 Sep 2011 - 10:04 AM

Looks good to me.

Carsten

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3 Oct 2011 - 11:01 PM

Great set

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tonypic
tonypic e2 Member 4tonypic vcard Ireland
29 Oct 2011 - 8:19 PM

Great work. Moving images. this is what photography does best. You narrative makes it even more powerful. Well done.

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accipiter
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1 Jan 2012 - 9:15 AM

Superb set Hector. Interesting comments too. A

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jadaszek
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12 Jan 2012 - 10:23 AM

Great selection of images, very moving...I love V1 the most!!

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