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2012

Awarded Commitment

Paula Bronstein

AFGHANISTAN: BETWEEN LIFE AND WAR

Ten years into this conflict, the U.S. now spends about $190 million a day in the country or about $2,200 every second. Every year a record amount of foreign troops are killed in Afghanistan, with more than 1,800 perishing so far. More than 4,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers have died. Civilian casualties are far harder to pinpoint, but by most counts, more than 10,000 Afghan civilians have lost their lives in the fighting, all seen as collateral damage. Yet despite this, despite the tremendous cost, many people are tired of hearing about Afghanistan, tired of this war. The numbers – thousands killed, more than $380 billion spent – are so large, they seem to lose any meaning. Statistics are bloodless. Many people have stopped paying attention.

  • AFGHANISTAN: BETWEEN LIFE AND WAR

    Ten years into this conflict, the U.S. now spends about $190 million a day in the country or about $2,200 every second. Every year a record amount of foreign troops are killed in Afghanistan, with more than 1,800 perishing so far. More than 4,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers have died. Civilian casualties are far harder to pinpoint, but by most counts, more than 10,000 Afghan civilians have lost their lives in the fighting, all seen as collateral damage. Yet despite this, despite the tremendous cost, many people are tired of hearing about Afghanistan, tired of this war. The numbers – thousands killed, more than $380 billion spent – are so large, they seem to lose any meaning. Statistics are bloodless. Many people have stopped paying attention.

  • AFGHANISTAN: BETWEEN LIFE AND WAR

    Mahboba, age 7, stands against a bullet-ridden wall waiting to be seen at a health clinic for a disfiguring skin disease called Leishmaniasis which is a parasitical bacterial infection transmitted from tiny sand fleas. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty

Biography

Bronstein majored in photography at the University of Colorado and at Austria's Salzburg College before specializing in photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she graduated in fine arts. In 1996, she became a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune and then worked for The Register-Guard in Oregon.

Since 1998, Bronstein has been based in Bangkok. In June 2002, she joined Getty Images where she has covered conflicts and news stories throughout the wider Asian region including Kashmir, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan.

She was a nominated finalist for the Breaking NewsPulitzer Prize in April 2011 en FotoEvidence Book Award in 2011.

Source: Wikipedia

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