Waves of foreign soldiers have deployed to Afghanistan, and if fortunate, get return home again after a year. Meanwhile Afghan citizens have lived every day of their lives, for nine years, surrounded by the horrors of war—some displaced, refugees, forced to rebuild whole new communities only to be chased out again. The constant fear and hardships these people endure are beyond most of our understandings. And yet, the pain of war has inspired young artists to create.
In an exhibit entitled Windows and Mirrors, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (a Quaker-based group devoted to peace and nonviolence), forty artists, including Afghan and U.S. students, have collaborated to create an epic installation memorializing the civilian casualties of the current war in Afghanistan