The Shell Burned Off Her Skin

A war photo a day #27

The Shell Burned Off Her Skin The Shell Burned Off Her Skin

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David Axe photo The Shell Burned Off Her Skin A war photo a day #27 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than... The Shell Burned Off Her Skin
David Axe photo

The Shell Burned Off Her Skin

A war photo a day #27

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 fall of 2009 I traveled to Afghanistan, where the U.S. was finally adding the tens of thousands of additional troops to patrol far-flung villages. The fighting grew worse—and more civilians were caught in the crossfire. At the U.S. military hospital in Bagram I met Razia, a little Afghan girl who had been burned by white phosphorous, most likely from a stray NATO shell.

She was getting skin grafts courtesy of the U.S. military. Her prognosis was good, but there were concerns that she would be branded an outcast by her community for receiving aid from the Americans. Razia was just one of thousands of innocent Afghans who did most of the suffering as the U.S.-led war entered its eighth year.