Following on from women who definitely did not need protection, here is another: and one who sadly did.
Cpl. Stephanie Lanning from Clinton, Arkansas (operating from 293rd Military Police Company out of Fort Stewart, Georgia), speaks to an Afghan man in Kandahar City on an information gathering mission.
Lanning showing with Afghan girls delighted at a woman acting as an equal with men.
Gayle Williams, Christian pacifist assassinated by the Taleban in October 2008. Working with Serve Afghanistan, she had been walking to work with disabled children in Kabul when shot dead by a motorcyclist for the ‘crime’ of “preaching Christianity”.
Contrast with a bunch of downwardly mobile middle-class nobodies whose demonstration of their pacifism is limited to the security of British streets.
(Image copyright: those of Lanning, Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP; Gayle Williams, unattributed.)