Afghanistan: 2012 Year in Review

By Lt. Tiffani Walker, Defense Media Activity

If you’re like me, you might be overwhelmed trying to keep up with news from Afghanistan, but you might be underwhelmed if you’re looking for news that’s hopeful.  This week, I stumbled upon a video that helps make sense of Afghanistan’s last year including trouble with insider attacks, increased access to healthcare and education.  Watch for yourself below. Here is a quote from a woman in Afghanistan (no name given) that stuck with me:

“On one hand we have war in Afghanistan going on still and [on] the other hand…we have signs of peaceful life in the country and by 2014 when the international troops will leave, life will not be stopped in this country. We will not go back. We do not want to go back. We will try for a better future for our country, if not for ourselves, at least for our children. ”

Who could argue with that? Or this guy?

An Afghan boy salutes the camera amidst his friends outside the Farah provincial director of agriculture, irrigation and livestock’s (DAIL) office in Farah City, Jan. 8. Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah personnel visited the DAIL’s facilities to evaluate progress on a demonstration greenhouse project being built to connect Farahi farmers and the government. PRT Farah’s mission is to train, advise, and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district, and provincial levels in Farah province Afghanistan. Their civil military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup/released)

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