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During a visit to Whitby Abbey we happened upon a group of young men (they seemed like boys to our eyes)and were curious about them. They were accompanied by an English woman guide and we asked her about them. She explained that they were new recruits to the Gurkhas and were on an orientation tour of Britain. They were so open faced and friendly and gave us nice smiles. They spoke English and so understood we were asking about them. I asked to take their photo and they happily obliged. You can see how young they are. I felt a little sad that these boys would be processed into killing machines.
There's an article in today's Independent newspaper about the aftermath of actress Joanna Lumley's successful campaign to give retired Gurkhas the right to settle in Britain.
I have also just happened upon this response to Armed Forces Day. I think the writer makes a valid point.

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