1983 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Robin Moyer

Black Star for Time

18 September, 1982

Bodies of Palestinian victims after a massacre by Christian Phalange militia lie in the streets of Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.

The massacre of Palestinian civilians in the Beirut refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila took place between 16 and 18 September 1982 during the Lebanese Civil War. About 150 Lebanese militia fighters killed at least 500 Palestinian civilians, including large numbers of women, children, and the elderly. Estimates of the total death toll range from 500 to 4,000. The armed militia was linked to the Phalange party, allied with the Israeli Defense Force, which at the time occupied Beirut and held the refugee camps under its control.

About the photographer

Robin Moyer

American photographer Robin Moyer received his bachelor’s degree in Communications (Motion Pictures) from the University of North Carolina in 1969. Afterwards, he moved to Hong K...

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