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A Dream Far to Reach

By HectorRivera  
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.

Tags: Photo journalism War Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

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20 Jun 2011 5:26PM
Life is full of horrors and sometimes humans are the worst. A

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
20 Jun 2011 11:32PM
Life from a far flung corner of the globe !!
Powerful images,but perhaps your narrative is more powerful !!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
21 Jun 2011 2:13AM
This is an incredible set of images-- am wishing it would not be the way it is!
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
21 Jun 2011 11:59AM
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.
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
21 Jun 2011 5:13PM
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
24 Jun 2011 6:12PM
A great set of images and thank you for sharing.In this day in age there should not be wars.Well done..Lin
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
25 Jun 2011 8:15PM
Great picture
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
26 Jun 2011 11:50AM
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.
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 3:07PM
excellent piece of journalism well done that man.
The camera never lies.

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
28 Jun 2011 4:08PM
Sad but true.
A Booth 15 11 4 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2011 12:27PM
excellent set of well composed natural candids.
9 Jul 2011 11:51AM
Beautiful portrait.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
26 Jul 2011 8:38PM
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.

HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
27 Jul 2011 7:20PM
Thanks. Appreciate you takink the time to look at and comment on my work.
lobski 6 2 1 Philippines
28 Jul 2011 3:27PM
Wow. Very moving images!

Fred Grin
2 Aug 2011 5:22PM
Hope one day God will bless them. My heart bleeds at the plight of these innocent children.
2 Aug 2011 6:31PM
What a faboulous picture
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
7 Aug 2011 4:21PM
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.
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 7:22PM
What a sad comment on these poor childrens lives, they do deserve better than this. May God help them.
tuhin 11
18 Aug 2011 4:31PM
Nice shot.
Nettles 10 England
19 Aug 2011 4:15PM
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.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2011 5:08PM
Excellent and very interesting images; v1 is just amazing. These children have a dream which could never become reality - and that is so sad.
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
19 Aug 2011 9:45PM
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

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2011 3:35PM
heart wrenching.........
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Aug 2011 11:03PM
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
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
24 Aug 2011 8:28PM
Thanks you all for the encouraging comments
28 Sep 2011 10:04AM
Looks good to me.

photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
3 Oct 2011 11:01PM
Great set
29 Oct 2011 8:19PM
Great work. Moving images. this is what photography does best. You narrative makes it even more powerful. Well done.
1 Jan 2012 9:15AM
Superb set Hector. Interesting comments too. A
12 Jan 2012 10:23AM
Great selection of images, very moving...I love V1 the most!!

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