Life in War

07 May 2011

Die Menschen in Afghanistan haben in den vergangenen 50 Jahre viele Konflikte und Besetzungen erlebt. Diese Phase langer Instabilität hat in Afghanistan zu persönlichen Traumata und schweren Schädigungen der Infrastruktur und der Wirtschaft geführt. Viele Initiativen zur Verbesserung der Infrastruktur und Bildung bekamen ausländische Unterstützung. Als die Besatzer gingen, und der Westen sich seinen eigenen Problemen zuwandte, wurden jedoch die Mittel der NGOs gekürzt.

Kandahar, Afghanistan

A man injured during a Taliban attack is treated at Mirvays Hospital in Kandahar, on 11 May. The Taliban had threatened revenge attacks after the killing of Osama bin Laden, in Pakistan on 2 May. With four people killed and 36 injured, this was the most serious strike thus far.

 

The people of Afghanistan have had to deal with conflict and military occupation for much of the past 50 years. Conflict and long-term instability in Afghanistan have led to personal trauma, and severe economic and infrastructural damage. Foreign aid has helped support various initiatives to improve infrastructure and education, but as occupation forces withdraw and Western economies face their own difficulties, funds to NGOs are being cut.

El pueblo afgano ha tenido que lidiar con el conflicto y la ocupación militar durante una gran parte de los últimos 50 años. El conflicto y la inestabilidad a largo plazo han llevado a su población a padecer traumas personales, y graves daños económicos así como de infraestructura. La ayuda internacional ha apoyado iniciativas para mejorar la infraestructura y la educación, pero a medida que las fuerzas de ocupación se retiran y las economías occidentales hacen frente a sus propios problemas, se recortan los fondos de las ONG.

Les Afghans sont confrontés depuis 50 ans à des conflits et à l’occupation militaire. Les conflits et des années d’instabilité en Afghanistan ont provoqué des traumatismes individuels et sévèrement ébranlé l’économie et les infrastructures. L’aide internationale a soutenu des initiatives pour améliorer les infrastructures et l’éducation, mais le retrait des forces d’occupation et les économies occidentales en difficulté ont fait tarir les fonds des ONG.

In de laatste vijftig jaar heeft het Afghaanse volk bijna onafgebroken het hoofd moeten bieden aan oorlog en militaire bezetting. Strijd en instabiliteit hebben behalve tot persoonlijke trauma’s ook tot grote economische en infrastructurele schade geleid. Met buitenlandse hulp worden diverse initiatieven ondersteund om onderwijs en infrastructuur te verbeteren. Nu de buitenlandse troepen zich terugtrekken en westerse economieën zwaar weer doormaken, wordt er echter ook op NGO’s bezuinigd.

Location

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
ISO: 500
F-Stop: 1.4
Focal Length: 24 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Majid Saeedi
Nationality:
Iran
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About:
Majid Saeedi is an award-winning, internationally recognized Iranian photographer. He has photographed throughout the Middle East for the past two decades, focusing on humanitarian issues, with a special interest in telling previously untold stories of social injustice. He also especially enjoys doing street photography – portraying citizens and ordinary life. Saeedi was born and raised in Tehran. He took up photography at the age of 16 and, when he turned 18, went to the Iran-Iraq border to photograph refugees there.
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