2002 Photo Contest, Portraits, 2nd prize

Marco Di Lauro

The Associated Press

13 December, 2001

Maryam (9) covers herself with a scarf after leaving the damaged house where she found shelter. To survive, she collects wood and plastic to sell at a market. In Kabul, years of warfare forced many residents to flee. With the city in ruins, those that remained continued a struggle to survive. In 2001, American air strikes weakened the grip of the ruling Taliban regime, and by November, opposing Northern Alliance troops captured Kabul.

About the photographer

Marco Di Lauro

Marco Di Lauro was born in Milan in 1970. He took his first photograph at the age of 14, during a vacation in Egypt. Thinking of becoming an art critic, he studied Italian litera...

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