Our War: Day 77-20101016

Cara Schingeck

Tacoma, United States

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I saw images of girls in Kabul Afghanistan who were laying in hospital because they were “allegedly” poisoned by either the Taliban, Islamist extremists, Afghan militants or it was just due to mass hysteria.

It had been reported that 22 school girls were admitted to the hospital and they remained unconscious for two hours.

For this reason I chose to draw my portrait of the little girl who is in hospital bed gestural manner to depict how I feel she would be disoriented and confused as to why she is there when just moments ago she was safe in her classroom learning her lessons for the day. Now she is hooked up to an IV drip instead of learning new things about the world and learning new words and listening to her teacher tell her about history, geography, math, science, and how to write.

What also struck me were many inconsistencies with this most recent story in that as I continued to research the attack that occurred in August of this year I found that there have been other more overt attacks to prevent girls from going to school in the form of gunmen actually barring them from entering their classroom, arsonists attacks and others. This most recent incident may be due the poor sanitation in the village as one report noted as a cause or it may be another attack to prevent girls from receiving education, I don’t know but I do know from my research that women and girls in Afghanistan are facing immense odds and barriers to receive education.
To learn more about where I found my information you can see the report on education in Afghanistan at


Mixed-media using charcoal, chalk, graphite pencil on bond paper.

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