2002 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year

Erik Refner

Berlingske Tidende

07 June, 2001

The body of a 1-year-old boy who died of dehydration is prepared for burial at Jalozai refugee camp in northwest Pakistan. According to Muslim tradition, the male family members wrap the child’s body in a white funeral shroud. In this case it was the child’s father, his uncle and an imam.

The family, originally from North Afghanistan, had sought refuge from political instability and the consequences of drought in Pakistan. At the time, nearly one-fourth of the world’s refugees were from Afghanistan. The Jalozai camp was extremely overcrowded and under-maintained. By June, 80,000 Afghan refugees lived there in squalid conditions, with little food or shelter. Many children died as a result of disease or dehydration.

About the photographer

Erik Refner

Erik Refner (Copenhagen, Denmark 1971) is a staff photographer at the Danish newspaper Berlingske. Before his film and still photo career, Refner was a sergeant in the Danish arm...

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