Anna Badkhen

There is more to war than the macabre—the white-orange muzzle flashes during a midnight ambush; the men high on adrenaline scanning the desert through the scopes of their machine guns as their forefingers caress the triggers; the scythes of razor-sharp shrapnel whirling through the air like lawnmower blades spun loose; the tortured and the dead. There are also the myriad brazen, congenial, persistent ways in which life in the most forlorn and violent places on earth shamelessly reasserts itself.
Anna Badkhen writes about people in extremis. Her writing has appeared in the New York TimesThe New Republic, Foreign Policy, the Boston Globe, and other publications.