1972 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

John Downing

Daily Express

01 January, 1971

Original caption from World Press Photo (1972)

A nurse in a Pakistani refugee camp near Calcutta tries to administer a vaccination to a Pakistani child. At the beginning of the monsoon season, cholera was rife in the refugee camps. Nurses from the War on Want organisation started a vaccination campaign in the camps. John Downing made this pictures after spending hours in the muddy camp. The child, terrified by the equipment the nurse is using, made a desperate attempt to escape, while the nurse tried to explain to him that she would not hurt him.


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About the photographer

John Downing

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