2006 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year

Finbarr O'Reilly


01 August, 2005

Tahoua, Niger. The fingers of malnourished 1-year-old Alassa Galisou press against the lips of his mother, Fatou Ousseini, at an emergency feeding center. Drought and a particularly heavy plague of locusts destroyed the previous year's harvest. This left an estimated 3.6 million people severely short of food, including tens of thousands of starving children. Heavy rains promised well for the 2005 crops, but hindered aid workers bringing supplies. Relief had been slow to come.

About the photographer

Finbarr O'Reilly

Finbarr O'Reilly is an independent photographer and the author of Shooting Ghosts, A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War (Penguin Random House...

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