Casulties of war: Kunst mit Spielzeugsoldaten

Posted: 9. Mai 2011 by Heiko Hartmann in Schlagworte: ,
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Ich kann mich erinnern, dass ich als kleines Kind auch mal solche kleinen, grünen Spielzeugsoldaten in heroischen Posen hatte. Halt typisches, klischeehaftes Spielzeug für die "kleinen Männer" damals. Nach einer kleinen Artikelserie der Colorado Springs Gazette hat das Dorothy arts collective ihre eigene Version dieser Plastiksoldaten kreiert. In dieser Serie ging es um das Schicksal der Männer eines Battalions, das von einem Irakeinsatz heimgekehrt ist und in einige tragische Dinge wie Vergewaltigung, Mord oder Suizid verwickelt war:

In July 2009 Colorado Springs Gazettea published a two-part series entitled "Casualties of War". The articles focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, who since returning from duty in Iraq had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater than other young American males. A seperate investigation into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We hear little about the personal hell soldiers live through after returning home.

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