The Nature Of War

Jul 30, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
StoryCorps was established in 2003 with the mission to provide people from every walk of life to share their stories and experiences, with the hope of shedding a little more light onto the beauty of humanity. Interviews with subjects are recorded and the story is then animated. Some of the videos are about families, some are about life, some are joyous and others are tragic, but each one helps tell the story of someone's life.

In this installment, Specialist Justin Cliburn tells his wife, Deanne, about his deployment to Iraq with the Oklahoma Army National Guard and the unlikely friendship that he formed with two boys in Baghdad. Sadly, one of the boys was killed in a suicide bombing, and Cliburn lost touch with the other when he returned home. The story is sad and poignant - the soldier and the child, sitting in the street weeping together, both irreparably affected by the ravages of a war neither one started.
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