U.S. Army nurse Wyatt Graeber holds three-month-old burn victim Zhargonia at an American combat hospital in Baghram Air Field, Afghanistan. The child was brought into the hospital when she was two days old, her face completely burned when a flaming curtain fell on her head during a kitchen fire. The hospital staff cared for her for months afterward.
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I ran out of tears. The soldier, the baby, how there can still be room for a smidgen of hope in the big, ugly mess that is in the same place where my parents were raised with lovely, peaceful memories. American soldiers are just the best.