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British soldiers in Afghanistan ‘show effect of war’ in PTSD photos

DOES war change you? Of course it does. But how are you changed? In Afghanistan soldier photos ‘show effect of war’, the BBC’s Dan Cairns spots photos of British soldiers from 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland taken in the UK and Helmand province:

The heavy toll of fighting in Afghanistan can be seen in a set of photos showing UK soldiers before, during and after their tour of duty.

Is it just the fighting that has taken its toll? The soldiers are young. They have been a long way from home and living in a war zone. They have been at work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The photographs were taken by Lalage Snow who first encountered the soldiers during their training. She took their photos. Three months later Lalage met them in Helmand province and took more pictures.

Says Snow:

“I was really shocked at how different they looked: Red-rimmed eyes, beards, really gaunt and thin, brown, and full of sand. It really shocked me.”

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Posted: 13th, January 2012 | In: Reviews | Comment