2004 Photo Contest, People in the News, 1st prize

Jean-Marc Bouju

The Associated Press

31 March, 2003

Iraq. An Iraqi man comforts his 4-year-old son at a holding center for prisoners of war, in the base camp of the US Army 101st Airborne Division near An Najaf. The boy had become terrified when, according to orders, his father was hooded and handcuffed. A US soldier later severed the plastic handcuffs so that the man could comfort his child. Hoods were placed over detainees' heads because they were quicker to apply than blindfolds. The military said the bags were used to disorient prisoners and protect their identities. It is not known what happened to the man or the boy.

About the photographer

Jean-Marc Bouju

Jean-Marc Bouju (Les Sables d’Olonne, France, 1961) has photographed major news events in Central America, Africa, Europe and Asia since 1993 when he began his career with The As...

Technical information

Focal length
70-200 mm
Canon EOS-1D

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