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US war widows gain in retelling plight
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:56PM|
The US has been rocked by the award-winning American Widow Project (AWP) that aims to picture the pain of American women that have lost loved ones in US-led wars.
In February, the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Taryn Davis, was nominated for the 2011 DVF "People's Voice Award" worth USD 50,000 and was also cited in Newsweek magazine's “150-Women-Who-Shake-the-World" list.
The organization's website explained how the US-led “war on terror,” launched in 2001, has left an estimated 3,000 military widows across America.
One of the victims is Taryn Davis, who became a widow at age 23 when she lost her husband in a roadside bombing attack in Iraq on May 21, 2007, less than two hours after they had talked on the phone.
Davis then embarked on a journey around the country to hear other women's stories, which she later expanded into a non-profit organization, a documentary film, and a growingly popular website.
In In Their Boots, she interviews women that lost their husbands in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and directed an episode of the documentary.
The 75-minute movie, aired by prominent US broadcaster PBS, is committed to painting a candid picture of the physical and spiritual trauma inflicted on US military widows as well as the social and economic difficulties they are faced with.
“While the service member's sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a widow of war,” the AWP website says.
The project also has a 24-hour hotline, whereby US military widows can consult social workers, and a YouTube channel that publishes videos of interviews with these women. Additionally, it has an active presence in the community networks such as Twitters and Facebook, where it has more than 17,000 fans.
People can also order a copy of Davis's documentary via the AWP website, which also gives a regular update on the number of casualties in the US-led wars and news about their widows.
The project also holds real and virtual gatherings. “We do not hold seminars or have speakers, we have each other. The widows come together to enjoy life the way they did when their spouse was still alive...We are here to enjoy each other's company and share some of our fondest memories,” the website says.
Americans and Israelis do not rate no more on the human scale. Israelis certainly never did. America, well what can we say. Pity the earthquake happened in Japan. It would be kinder for the whole world if both these evil warmongering nations were to be swallowed up by the earth and disappear forever. I wonder what Yasser & Geronimo will make of this?
Website says, "The widows come together to enjoy life the way they did when their spouse was still alive...We are here to enjoy each other's company". While US widows "enjoy life", Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis, Somalis, Yemenis, Libyans, Bahrainis, Palestinians, Lebanese & everywhere else USA-Israel-allies have their filthy hands & boots, raining their WMD, are weeping, suffering & being killed. These are nations of tears filled with widows, widowers, orphans, maimed, destroyed lives & countries.
Mercenaries, not "sacrifice":
"While the service member's sacrifice is acknowledged, many simply forget or fail to recognize the sacrifice of the spouse who is now left a widow of war", AWP website says. What sacrifice? Supporting US wars, destroying countries, killing, maiming & displacing multiple millions of Iraqis & Afghans is Supreme Crime & genocide, not "sacrifice". Iraqis & Afghans are the sacrifices. US economy is nonstop wars economy, plunder & theft - wars of aggression, clandestine, covert & overt wars.
What about iraqi women? Palestenian women? Libyan women? Bahrain women ? Death to this americans and israelis.