Carmen Gentile is an international reporter, covering developing and war torn areas ranging from Brazil and Nigeria, to Iraq and Afghanistan where he was embedded with American troops in the Lunar Province in eastern Afghanistan.
Being in combat is frightening for anyone and Carmen admits:
“That doesn’t mean I’m not scared shitless when I do it. I just leave that part out of my stories.”
But there was one story he could not escape and it was his own. While on a reconnaissance mission with U.S. troops, an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) hit Carmen in the face. Remarkably, it didn’t detonate.
“As it raced towards me, I accepted death as an inevitability. Now, the memory of my resignation to dying has left an indelible black mark on me that permeates every moment since.”
Carmen faced numerous reconstructive surgeries and never fully regained vision in his injured eye which he details in his book, “Blindsided by the Taliban”. But his story is about more than just injury and recovery. It’s about themes that weave through all our lives, themes of finding meaning, loss, injury, hurt , romantic woes, and professional frustrations.
Carmen Gentile: Blindsided by the Taliban
There are no rules to how we respond to life’s bumps in the road. This week Carmen shares some insights into his remarkable story.
Carmen Gentile: Embedded with the Troops
This video captures Carmen’s experience as an embedded journalist and, most remarkably, his injury:
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