1996 Photo Contest, People in the News, 3rd prize

Nadia Benchallal

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01 January, 1995

After the 'safe areas' Srebrenica and Zepa fell to the Bosnian Serbs, convoys packed with Muslim women, children and old men were dispatched north in an attempt to ethnically cleanse the area. At the height of the crisis, a refugee camp improvised on the airport tarmac had 223,000 inhabitants. By and large countryfolk, they were badly equipped to deal with the new situation. Despite the gnawing uncertainty about the fate of their men, the women did their best to establish a semblance of normality. But the alien social realities of life in the camp were a constant reminder of what they had left behind.

About the photographer

Nadia Benchallal

Nadia Benchallal was born in 1963 in Orthez-France. In 1991, she studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She subsequently acquired profes...

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