Afghanistan, 2002 - Linda Panetta / Optical Realities
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Afghanistan (Panetta)

ICRC, Kabul (Afghan Red Crescent). Learning how to walk with new prosthetic limbs.

The vast majority of the staff and patients are amputees, some double amputees. As we walked through the facility we passed by several patients who, one by one they would, almost methodically, lift their pant leg to show their prosthetic, or they would remove their prosthetic to show reveal their limb. And although this was generally followed by a handshake or an arm-shake for those without hands, it was always followed by what I perceived to be a look of gratitude. And although there was little we had to offer, the gift we were able to give was our presence; it was simply the gift of our time, and our ability to look into their eyes and affirm their courage.

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