2002 Photo Contest, People in the News, 2nd prize

Erik Refner

for Berlingske Tidende

05 June, 2001

Children play in a deep crack in the ground, as a horse-cart passes, in the Jalozai refugee camp, southeast of Peshawar, in Pakistan.

Decades of political instability and drought in Afghanistan had driven tens of thousands of people into neighboring Pakistan, even before the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. Jalozai was one of the largest refugee camps, with up to 80,000 people living in appalling conditions, many dying of dehydration and disease. It was closed in February 2002. Viewers told the photographer that the sensitive images, giving a clue to conditions rather than being brutally graphic, had a powerful impact.

About the photographer

Erik Refner

After 20 years behind the camera, Erik Refner has now devoted his career to helping photographers. He is the CEO of IDIP.Agency, an organization that finds and protects photograp...

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