1998 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

Francesco Zizola


01 January, 1997

Kurdish children play in a river in Iraq. Numbering 26.3 million, the Kurds constitute the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East. Since the end of the first World War they have been scattered around different countries. In Iraq and Turkey, Kurds form almost a quarter of the population, with smaller minorities in Iran and Syria. In Iraq, they achieved virtual autonomy, but this has been severely undermined by factional fighting between warlords.

About the photographer

Francesco Zizola

Born in 1962, since 1980's he has documented the world's major conflicts and their hidden crisis, focusing on the social and humanitarian issues that define life in the developin...

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