2002 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

Paolo Pellegrin

Magnum Photos for Newsweek

01 October, 2001

In a village near Mascara, Algeria, local men patrol alongside the government's elite Special Intervention Group (GIS), protecting the village from terrorist attacks of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA). Algeria's bloody guerrilla warfare has cost 150,000 lives, prompting civilians to take up arms. Amid a recent history of massacres, local communities seek to protect themselves from attacks that come at night.

About the photographer

Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin was born in 1964 in Rome, Italy. He studied architecture at Sapienza Università di Roma, before moving on to photography at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, a...

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