The caption explains: “Air Force Master Sgt. John Gebhardt, of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group at Balad, Iraq, cradles a young girl as they both sleep in the hospital. The girl’s entire family was executed by insurgents; the killers shot her in the head as well. The girl received treatment at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, but cries and moans often. According to the nurse at the facility, Gebhardt is the only one who can clam down the girl, so he has spend the last several nights holding her while they both sleep in a chair.”
A special hat tip to one of AltTulsa's far-flung correspondents for this image.