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Post time 2012-10-28 12:44:01 |Display all floors
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In May 2012 The Royal British Legion sponsored photojournalist Alison Baskerville on an embedded position with the British Armed Forces in Afghanistan to develop a body of work exploring the changing roles of women within the Forces. Alison was granted unparalleled access to the British Army’s Female Engagement Officers (FEOs) and the women at the Afghan National Army’s training centre in Kabul. Above, Captain Anna Crossley is a Female Engagement Officer in the Upper Gereshk Valley of Helmand. She is heading out to join soldiers from 3 Rifles as they prepare for a patrol to help Anna gain access into a local compound.Picture: Alison Baskerville

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The FEOs work to build relationships with Afghan women in some of the most dangerous parts of Helmand. As interaction between women and male soldiers is strictly forbidden in these small communities, the FEOs are drawn from female volunteers from across the army who receive specialist cultural and language training to enable them to carry out their role.Picture: Alison Baskerville

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The exhibition is titled ‘The White Picture’ after the term used to describe the effect that they contribute to by gathering information for the wider intelligence picture, which sits outside the usual military objectives but is vital in the battle for hearts and minds.Picture: Alison Baskerville

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Anna's language training has helped her to gain access to compounds and the residents are intrigued by her. On many occasions she often pretends to have what she refers to as a 'Helmand husband' to help her gain rapport with the women who do not understand the concept of remaining unmarried.Picture: Alison Baskerville

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The images captured by Alison highlight how women, both British and Afghan, respond to the often austere conditions in which they find themselves and how they maintain their morale and individuality in the face of demanding circumstances. Captain Alice Homer is an officer with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. She has just spent six months running a small section of soldiers in Camp Bastion.Picture: Alison Baskerville

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Patrol bases within Helmand have limited showering facilities which will often consist of a hosepipe in a tent and only one shower for both men and women. A small hand made sign provides the only guard to privacyPicture: Alison Baskerville

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Favourite toiletries are an often requested item in care parcels sent from friends and familyPicture: Alison Baskerville

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