2017 Photo Contest, People, 1st prize

What ISIS Left Behind


Magnus Wennman


18 September, 2016

Maha (5) is comforted by her mother, in Debaga refugee camp in northeastern Iraq.

A week earlier, Maha and her family had fled the town of Hawija, 160 kilometers south of Mosul. Hawija had been under the control of the Islamic State group (IS) since August 2014, and was the last major IS stronghold in oil-rich Kirkuk province, as Iraqi troops recaptured territory on their move towards Mosul. At the time, some 400,000 civilians remained trapped in Hawija and its outlying areas, with little food or medicine, under a blockade from IS that prevented humanitarian aid getting through.

About the photographer

Magnus Wennman

Magnus has worked in more than 80 countries, covering everything from the US election to the refugee crisis in Africa, Middle East and Europe. The five-times Photojournalist of ...

Technical information

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45.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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