Who was Rakan Hassan? Who would he have been? He was just 14 when he was killed in Iraq in June 2008, and while the loss of anyone so young is always tragic, Rakan was just one of at least 137,000 civilians who have died as a result of the past 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although we don't yet know the civilian death toll in Pakistan, the Costs of War research team says that their losses could be as high or higher than Afghanistan's 12,000-14,000 estimated civilians dead. The picture above is from the aftermath of ten such deaths in Afghanistan, including that of eight schoolchildren.
Dealing with death is always difficult, but we can start by understanding, together, the true extent of war's casualties. To read more about Rakan and the thousands of other civilians killed and wounded, visit this page from the Costs of War.
(Image above: At least 10 Afghan civilians, including eight schoolchildren, have been killed in fighting involving Western troops in Narang district of Kunar Province in Afghanistan. Image by Rawa via Wikipedia Commons.)