2013 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd prize

Life in War

Photographer

Majid Saeedi

Getty Images

15 August, 2012

The people of Afghanistan have had to deal with conflict and military occupation for much of the past 50 years. Conflict and long-term instability in Afghanistan have led to personal trauma, and severe economic and infrastructural damage.

About

Majid Saeedi

Majid Saeedi is an award-winning, internationally recognized Iranian photographer. He has photographed throughout the Middle East for the past two decades, focusing on humanitari...

Background story

Badakhshan, Afghanistan

A man puffs opium smoke into the face of an infant in northern Afghanistan. In some areas parents do this to help children to sleep, but the children end up addicted.

 

The people of Afghanistan have had to deal with conflict and military occupation for much of the past 50 years. Conflict and long-term instability in Afghanistan have led to personal trauma, and severe economic and infrastructural damage. Foreign aid has helped support various initiatives to improve infrastructure and education, but as occupation forces withdraw and Western economies face their own difficulties, funds to NGOs are being cut.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/200 sec
Focal length
24 mm
F-Stop
1.4
ISO
640
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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