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AFSC-SENE blog: March of the Dead on the 9th Anniversary of the War

A line of people dressed in black with uniform white masks walked slowly through the central bus plaza in downtown Providence on Friday October 8.

The plaza was crowded with students and people going home from work, enjoying the gorgeous weather at the start of a three day weekend.  The war in Afghanistan was far from their minds.  I watched their faces as this strange parade approached.  Most looked puzzled or startled, then quickly became quiet and subdued. Many stopped talking.  Some pulled out cameras and took pictures.  Signs worn by the marchers carried the names of dead Afghan civilians - fathers, young men, women, children with names and ages, and date of death, followed by U.S soldier deaths and information on the other costs of war.  Martha Yager describes the event.