More than 250 children were handed comic books by Urgun District deputy director of education Mohammad Aziz. The Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team provided the comic books to Aziz. The comics where given to the students of Abu Herera School in Balish Kalay and Khullafai Rashedeen Primary School in Ali Haydar, Afghanistan, on their first day at school after winter break.
U.S. Army Capt. Mike Butler, Paktika PRT Urgun civil affairs officer from Chicago works closely with Aziz in helping improve education in the area. According to Butler:
The purpose of the six books in the [rule of law] comic series is to promote greater public awareness of constitutional issues, the rights of Afghan citizens, and legal reform in Afghanistan.
The stories in the comic focus on child labor, women’s rights, obedience, corruption and the Afghan Constitution. The children took turns reading from the comic books in the classroom when they received them.
Right now extra attention is being spent to make sure young women are being educated in hopes it’ll inspire the next generation of women. Right now the focus is on building infrastructure to make this happen. When the children asked what they wanted to be when they grew up they responded doctors, engineers and teachers. One even asked for computers.
Each week we bring you quotes from the comic books of the last week to show off it’s more than spandex and guns.
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #4
Patriot – This is terrorism. People could die. And if we let that happen, then we become terrorists, just like Magneto.
Bring the Thunder #2
Wayne – They came from every branch of the military. They weren’t recruited for their ability to work together. They were recruited to kill. That’s the side of war that gets obscured by the chain of command and the red tape. In the end, the goal is to kill your enemy.
Ultimate Comics Captain America #1
(Redacted Spoiler) – You’re not a hero to them. You’re just another blunt instrument the American government uses to bludgeon its enemies into submission.
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Described as “absolutely brilliant” the graphic novel Dougie’s War tells the story of Dougie Campbell, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan returning home to the south side of Glasgow. The novel focuses on Campbell’s return from the war and difficulty he faces adjusting to civilian life.
Scottish veterans, David Cruickshanks and Shaun Davidson, both from Fife Veterans Association, launched the explosive new graphic novel at Edinburgh Castle.
The graphic novel is the first release by independent Glasgow publishers Freight, written by acclaimed novelist and biographer Rodge Glass and illustrated by artist Dave Turbitt.
Cruickshanks was approached by Rodge Glass to help him put the novel together.
We chatted about what armed service veterans feel like when they come out of the services and about trying to integrate them back into the community when they’ve left.
I was in the Navy so I came out of there into civilian life. I had an injury to my knee so I got a medical discharge and Rodge and I spoke about a character that would maybe do the same sort of thing.
If the novel appeals to all different types of people, particularly younger people, then it helps to get the message across that people do suffer trauma when they come back from the services.
It is hoped that the novel will shine a spotlight on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
When doing some searches for rss feeds to keep up on news I came across a website that is attempting to put together a charity graphic novel to benefit United States troops.
The graphic novel would use real world stories brought to life on the page and drawn by various artists. It’s just another example of real world history being recorded through the comics medium.