Sometimes Explosions Don’t Look Like Much

A war photo a day #13

Sometimes Explosions Don’t Look Like Much Sometimes Explosions Don’t Look Like Much

Uncategorized August 16, 2013 0

David Axe photo Sometimes Explosions Don’t Look Like Much A war photo a day #13 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than... Sometimes Explosions Don’t Look Like Much
David Axe photo

Sometimes Explosions Don’t Look Like Much

A war photo a day #13

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In the summer of 2007 I accompanied Dutch and Australian troops fighting and building infrastructure in Uruzgan province, southern Afghanistan. A Taliban suicide bomber struck down the street from these Aussie troops building a soccer field for a boy’s school.

The puff of black smoke sure didn’t look like much. But on the ground, 11 Afghan children and a 20-year-old Dutch soldier named Timo Smeehuijzen lay dead, some in pieces. A terrible battle was about to begin.