The soul's windows...

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© James Mackenzie
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This man works in an Army facility in Kabul, Afghanistan as a cleaner where he receives no salary, just food and gifts. In the 1980s he was an officer in the Afghan Army who fought the Russians. He was captured, held, and tortured horrifically. As a result of his agonies he is deaf. I always noted that he had such soft eyes and a gentle demeanour for someone who had suffered beyond comprehension at the hands of other human beings. It amazes me that he holds no grudge, bears no malice and has no self pity for the horrors he endured. His soul, truly, is a gentle forgiving one that is often glimpsed through his kind, smiling eyes.

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  • lowison

    lowison gave props (30 Nov 2012):

    Interesting histiry and of course image!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (30 Nov 2012):

    Very touching story and wonderful portrait. I'm amazed that his ability to even intimate a smile!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (30 Nov 2012):

    pricewinning shot and a priceless soul

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    Soulful and distinguished.

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