this diary is dedicated to all who suffer because of war and other disasters

cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, European Tribune, and My Left Wing.

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Undated private photo released by the family, of kidnapped German archeologist Susanne Osthoff with her daughter Tarfa. The kidnapping took place in northern Iraq last Friday and became known Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005. Susanne Osthoff had worked for a relief organization.
(AP Photo/ho)

from a series of photos by Alan Chin/Gamma.  New Orleans. 2005

from the commentary Katrina Aftermath: And Then I Saw These at BagNewsNotes

Until last night, I thought the news images we had seen from New Orleans during the worst days of Katrina were fundamentally unvarnished.  And then I saw these.

Among his peers, Alan Chin is regarded as one of the finest photojournalists in the field — and I say that not just because he is a friend of this site.  What these photos do is bear witness to much of the information that was reinforced through the written word.  At the height of the disaster, we saw scenes of suffering, but were primarily told how bitter, annihilating and incomprehensible it was.  We saw death, but were told it was everywhere.  Also, we saw scenes of dignity and of contempt — but not quite as boldly as this.

Entre L’Amour et L’Avenir
words/music by David Greely and Jimmy Domengeaux
as performed by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Dans lan nuit et tout le monde est apres dormir.
Entre hier et demain
Entre l’amour et l’avenir.
Ca fait froid, ca fait noir
Et des fois ca me fait fremir
D’etre tout seul entre l’amour et l’avenir

The dead of night and everyone is sleeping.
Between yesterday and tomorrow
Between love and the future.
It’s cold, it’s dark
And sometimes it makes me tremble
To be alone between love and the future.

– – –
read Ilona’s important diary at MLW – Returning Vet PTSD – One Soldier’s Story

view the pbs newshour silent honor roll (with thanks to jimstaro at booman.)

take a private moment to light one candle among many (with thanks to TXSharon)

support Veterans for Peace
support the Iraqi people
support the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC)
support CARE
support the victims of torture
remember the fallen
support Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – TAPS
support Gold Star Families for Peace
support the fallen
support the troops
support Iraq Veterans Against the War
support Military families Speak Out
support the troops and the Iraqi people
read This is what John Kerry did today, the diary by lawnorder that prompted this series
read Riverbend’s Bagdhad Burning
read Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches
read Today in Iraq
witness every day

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