2012 Photo Contest, Portraits, Stories, 2nd prize

Afghan police recruits

Photographer

Ton Koene

for <em>De Volkskrant</em>

10 February, 2011

A new recruit at a police training center run by Germany, in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

About

Ton Koene

Ton Koene (48) holds a degree in humanitarian practice from Oxford University. After graduating in 1989, he worked for sixteen years for Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF), primarily...

Background story

Kunduz, Afghanistan

A new recruit at a police training center run by Germany, in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Young men recruited into the Afghan police force are often from rural areas where education is poor, and are largely illiterate. Many join the police solely for financial reasons—a police officer earns about €130 a month—but their loyalty to the government is thin. Harsh working conditions, and the risk of being killed by the Taliban, lead to many leaving the force before their contract ends.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/125 sec
Focal length
70 mm
F-Stop
11
ISO
800
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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