1993 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

James Nachtwey

Magnum Photos for National Geographic

01 May, 1992

Steven Digwamaje (13), is hit in the back by a blast of bird shot. The accident happened when police intervened in a protest by Soweto's Dobsonville residents against people living in local hostels. An officer of South Africa's Internal Stability Unit stands guard until the ambulance arrives. The boy lost the use of one arm. Although apartheid has been officially abolished, violent clashes between different population groups continued to be part of the political pattern in South Africa.

About the photographer

James Nachtwey

Photographs of the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement inspired him to become a photographer. While teaching himself photography, he worked as truck driver and as ...

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