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Life + Limb exposes dark side of NZ’s legacy in Afghanistan

ife + Limb exposes dark side of NZ’s legacy in Afghanistan


Award-winning investigative team Stuff Circuit is releasing its most hard-hitting documentary yet, exposing a secret the NZ Defence Force doesn’t want Kiwis to know.


‘Life + Limb’ tells the story of what happened after New Zealand’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) left Afghanistan’s Bamyan province in 2013.


“The PRT went to Afghanistan on a mission to rebuild and there’s no doubt they had a positive impact on local infrastructure,” says Circuit reporter Paula Penfold.


“But the unexploded ammunition the force left behind on New Zealand firing ranges has had gut-wrenching consequences - and Kiwis haven’t been told.


“Life + Limb exposes devastating stories of loss and asks the question, why have those accountable not taken responsibility for their actions?”.


The Stuff Circuit team travelled to Afghanistan to investigate the story in October 2019. Producer Eugene Bingham says the stories they found on the ground were far more significant than they were expecting.


“Families have been changed forever. Their grief is still raw. They want to move on with their lives, but how can they when those responsible for their pain refuse to listen to their complaints and pleas for help?”.


“The danger for the people of Bamyan is still very real,” says Penfold. “This is one of the most important - and heartbreaking - stories we’ve ever done. Our hope is that Life + Limb will spur those responsible into action, to make amends for the wrong that has been done.”


Life + Limb was produced with funding from NZ On Air. Scan the QR code below to watch the documentary and explore interactive content at https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2019/circuit/life-and-limb-documentary/. The documentary will also be broadcast on Māori Television at 7.30pm tonight.

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