Local war dead

The media company that owns several newspapers in Virginia (US), including the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Charlottesville Daily Progress, has a multi-media display showing a succession of small images with some biographical information about each of the Virginians who have died as a result of US war activities in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait (and perhaps other places). It’s a grim reminder of the cost of war. It even includes Tom Fox, the Quaker peace activist who lived in northern Virginia and who was kidnapped (2005) and killed (2006) in Iraq (see his blog, Waiting in the Light, in the blogroll).

As I watched the display of face after face, name after name, age after age, hometown after hometown…, I wondered if there were similar displays for other regions of the US. Then I thought about how there would likely never be a similar display of faces, names, causes of death, etc. for all the dead whose hometowns were Kabul, Tikrit, Baghdad, Kandahár, Bagrám, Karbala, Ghanzi, Mazar-e Sharif, Mosul, and on and on (sorry, I can’t get macrons over some of the vowels there).

I know that there are many sites that show the cost, in human lives, of the present US wars (e.g., here, here, here, and here), but are there other locally focused illustrations of war dead?

Link for the display of Virginians who have died as a result of this war. Wikipedia entry about Tom Fox.


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Filed under Neighborhood, News, Non-violence, Peace

One response to “Local war dead

  1. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that thinks about those innocent folks who have died in the places you mentioned (Kabul, Tikrit, etc.), the people who may never have wanted any of this to happen in THEIR homeland. Nice to see you mention them.

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