Children of Syria

Syrian orphan.Thousands of children in Syria became victims of the indiscriminate attacks characterizing the regime’s bloody crackdown. Brutal crimes claimed the lives of over 2,500 children, forcing more than one hundred thousand families to flee their homes seeking safety in neighboring countries. Some estimates put the number of internally displaced at more than two million. Escalating violence against civilians in Syria forced thousands of traumatized children to live in refugee camps surrounded by barbed-wire fences waiting and wondering when they can return to their normal lives. Each one of them lost someone or something–a parent, a sibling, a friend, and/or a home.

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Extent of Problems in Afghanistan

Afghan villagers and solider.Afghanistan has been in a state of war for some 25 years. During this time, most of the country’s infrastructure and institutions have collapsed; an entire generation has grown up in a state of conflict. People’s current day-to-day lives need to be enhanced so that an entire generation is not lost to the last 25 years of decadence.

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Afghanistan Crisis

Solider and child in Afghanistan.Afghanistan is a country in crisis. Thirty years of conflict, complicated by endemic poverty, devastated infrastructure, and brutal natural disasters, have fractured Afghan families and communities profoundly. Drought, flash floods, landslides, disease outbreaks, severe winter weather, armed conflict, and the influx of Afghan refugees forced back into the country from Iran comprise a short list of the hardships on Afghan society.

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Iraqi Children

Iraqi child of war.It is hard to find a family among Iraqi refugees where a child has not been exposed to violence. Many have witnessed gruesome events: murders, bomb blasts, break-ins, and beatings. Children who are victims of kidnapping bear a particularly heavy psychological burden. Children are among the most vulnerable and defenceless of all, and desperately need the basic assistance the international community can provide.

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WW2 US Medals

Good Conduct medals from World War II.When medals or ribbons are worn on the uniform, they serve as a capsule record of a soldier’s time in service. Those that understand how to read these decorations are able to instantly know something about one’s military career. For collectors, decorations serve as important clues to the history of a uniform, and can help detect uniforms pieced together from spare insignia.

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