Battle Casualty

NATO’s definition of Battle CasualtyAny casualty incurred as the direct result of hostile action, sustained in-combat or relating thereto or sustained going to or returning from a-combat mission.

Today I created a portrait of battle casualties. I painted a portrait of female Afghan children who are desperate, sallow, craved and in despair.

I was inspired to create my mixed-media painting today which I titled, Our War Day 136-20101214, after reading a story about Afghan children and foreign soldiers. The story in the news described how women in the United States Marines risk their lives to provide the children in Afghanistan with health care and other humanitarian aid in combat zones.

I created a portrait of female Afghan children experiencing an emotional nightmare in vibrant colors. I chose vibrant colors because for me when I am terrified my senses are extremely sensitive and colors are very vibrant.

I want to show to the viewer what it feels like, the emotions one experiences when one goes unrecognized because I believe this sadly the case for many children in Afghanistan (especially females) and for many women serving in the United States military.

I believe the children in Afghanistan need to have their suffering recognized and that the women in the military need more recognition of all that they have done and continue to do while in service for their country around the world.

I chose vibrant colors because when I am terrified, stressed or having a nightmare (which is how I feel life is for many of the children living in Afghanistan) my senses are heightened and colors are very vibrant.

Even though it appears to be a nightmare now I do believe there is hope for both the females in Afghanistan and females in the military to receive recognition.

The hope comes from female foreign soldiers who serve as NATO troops and serve as U.S. soldiers…I respect and honor and thank all of our war soldiers from many other countries.

My portrait today is also to recognize a particular military service because the story I read about today came from the U.S. Marines military website gave me information and thus compelled me to research further information.

The U.S. Marines have created a special force comprised of female soldiers whose mission is to give humanitarian aid to Afghan children. U.S. military forces are sending these brave female soldiers into combat zones to improve the lives of Afghanistan women and children.

I am very proud of our female soldiers and that the U.S. military is beginning to recognize their achievements.

Even though this story gave me hope for our female soldiers in combat, I also know that I have spent more than 136 days researching U.S. military websites for my “Our War” series and I am just now finding news that recognize the outstanding service by U.S. female soldiers in combat.

The U.S. Marines determined that this particular mission would only be successful if female soldiers were chosen to go into the combat zone. A female soldier possesses unique skills and qualifications that her male counterpart lacks.

I hope that someday soon both the female soldiers and the female Afghan child are recognized for their struggles, their accomplishments and for their strength.

Battle casualty © December 14, 2010 Cara Schingeck

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NATO’s definition of Battle Casualty-Any casualty incurred as the direct result of hostile action, sustained in-combat or relating thereto or sustained going to or returning from a-combat mission.

I created a portrait of female Afghan children experiencing an emotional nightmare in vibrant colors. I chose vibrant colors because for me when I am terrified my senses are extremely sensitive and colors are very vibrant.

I want to show to the viewer what it feels like, the emotions one experiences when one goes unrecognized because I believe this sadly the case for many children in Afghanistan (especially females) and for many women serving in the United States military.

OUR WAR


Comments

  • abigcat
    abigcatabout 4 years ago

    Well spoken :-))

  • Thank you

    – Cara Schingeck

  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufiabout 3 years ago

    Full of truth, wisdom and care. I agree with the role that women soldiers can play. The traditional roles don’t work anymore: “women nurture and men go to war” – the casualties of war (women and children as well) are often ignored in the rush of battle. But the purpose of all just wars must be to achieve peace and then to nurture those affected by the tragedy. Women do this well, they have a place there.


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