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Everything on my back

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Samuel Banks, a survivor from a Liberian refugee camp in the Ivory Coast, holds up the only things he had with him when he was forced to flee his home country of Liberia when rebels led by the extremist Charles Taylor invaded from the north and purged entire cities of their citizens.



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This work, Everything on my back [Image 2 of 2], by SSG Matthew Winstead, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:07.10.2012

Date Posted:07.10.2012 20:00

Photo ID:621533

VIRIN:120710-A-#####-001

Resolution:1152x768

Size:426.77 KB

Location:JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, AK, USGlobe

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