Stars and Stripes stripes.com 29 Dec, 2020 19:00 am

'You forget you are in a war zone for a little bit': How one woman's art in Afghanistan started a chain reaction

'You forget you are in a war zone for a little bit': How one woman's art in Afghanistan started a chain reaction
The public art display started when U.S. Army civilian employee Estella Juarez had fixed up as much as possible on the inside of her small living space at Bagram Air Base, and turned her sights outside.

"Somebody could even say it's a waste of time because it's only temporary," said Juarez, a procurement analyst who is deployed in Afghanistan for 14 months."Obviously once you see one door, and then you see another, and then another, even people who initially thought you were a little bit nuts start to see the potential," Juarez said.You live the same day over and over," Juarez said."It pulls the whole thing together," said Juarez.

Juarez said the doors will go away eventually, and that's fine with her."That's what I see when I look at the doors," Juarez said.

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