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Your life in the decade of war

Posted by Peace Action West on September 20th, 2011

From our partners at Peace Action West

We’ll hit 10 years of war in Afghanistan on October 7th.

Think about it. What does it really mean to spend an entire decade at war?

A generation of American kids is too young to remember a time when we were not at war. Some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have watched their kids leave to fight on the same battlefields where they once fought. So much has changed — from how we get on an airplane, to how Muslims in our communities are treated. But the war continues with no end in sight.

As we approach this anniversary, we want your help in telling politicians and the media that this war has gone on ten years too long. Click here to learn more, so you can share the story of your decade at war by October 4.

My life changed a lot in ten years. When the war started in 2001, I was in college in New England. I had just completed the internship that helped me realize that I wanted to dedicate myself to making the world a better place. Today, I am eight years into the rewarding and challenging work of organizing to end wars that have torn our country and others apart.

How has your life changed in ten years? Whether yours is a story about war, or just about life, here’s your chance to share it.

Everyone has a story, and we’re making it easy to share. Just pick two images — one that represents your life as it was at the start of the war, and one that shows your life today. It could be two photos of you, a couple pencil sketches, or photos of objects from around your house, etc. Then, write a short caption.

Your story can be funny, sentimental, or completely serious. Be as creative as you like, or just keep it simple. We’ll make sure the public, the press and Congress see it, and get the message.

Click here to get ideas and inspiration. We’ll send you reminders to get your story in by October 4th.

Thank you for helping us make it clear that a decade of war is far too long.

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