The Weaker Sex Serving Afghanistan

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.)

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7 Responses to “The Weaker Sex Serving Afghanistan”

  1. angrysoba Says:

    Whoops! I think you’ve lost the end of one of your sentences.

    “…subsequently the winner of…”

    But thanks for the article.

  2. Alec Says:

    I have no idea what I intended to write, so simply removed it.

  3. The Gentlemen of Hereford Complete a Little Task « A Rabbit's Eye View of the Hyperborean North Says:

    […] there are aid workers to the such countries as these activists cavil about. Andi Parhamovich or Gayle Williams or World Vision workers in Pakistan or Karen Woo and colleagues at the International Assistance […]

  4. stephanie lanning Says:

    That’s me in the pic. And I’m honored that u could compare me the way u did. I don’t really feel the right to be Put in the same comparison with someone murdered. But women should know that u van make a difference as much as a man can.
    Thanks for the article.

    • Alec Says:

      I certainly did not intend to diminish the sacrifice of Gayle, or those such as Linda Norgrove and Karen Woo and Khalil Dale (other British non-combatant aid workers murdered with colleagues in similar circumstances). See also Helen Johnson (abducted with her Kenyan colleague, Moragwe Oirere; but rescued by SAS and Navy SEALs and Afghan special forces).

      (And this is by no means an exhaustive list of non combatants and Afghan civilians who’ve paid the ultimate price for bringing security and comfort to the country.)

      You all have done your own part in your own way, and I’m pleased to know you’re safe and sound.

      ~alec

      • stephanie lanning Says:

        Oh I really wasn’t tryin to say u diminished them. I’m honored my pic and name was used. Honest

      • Alec Says:

        I in no way shape or form disagree with you, Stephanie. Your work was essential.

        ~alec

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