2003 Photo Contest, General News, 3rd prize

Ami Vitale

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12 May, 2002

Shah Jaha Kabir Ali Shaikh (18) who was burned by Hindu rioters on 28 February, recovers inside a refugee camp inside a mosque in Ahmedabad, India. In February, the city was the scene of some of the worst communal violence in India for a decade. In retaliation for an earlier Muslim attack on a train carrying mainly Hindu pilgrims, which left 58 dead, people rampaged through city streets setting fire to Muslim homes and businesses. Violence continued into May. Thousands fled their homes, and the official death toll was over 900, though estimates by human rights groups placed the figure much higher.

About the photographer

Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale is a photographer, writer and filmmaker currently based in Montana. She is an Ambassador for Nikon and a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine. ...

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