2015 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, Honorable Mention

Mothers of Patience

Photographer

Fatemeh Behboudi

01 September, 2013

Mothers and families of missing soldiers gather around the coffins of ‘unknown martyrs’—unidentified bodies that have recently been discovered near the Iraq-Iran border.

The Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century. More than 10,000 Iranians were reported missing in action in Iraq. Casualty figures are highly uncertain, though the numbers of dead on both sides ran into the hundreds of thousands. In Iran, people who were killed in the conflict were declared martyrs for their country, and therefore for Islam. Over 10,000 Iranian soldiers were reported missing in action, without a corpse being identified. Bodies are still being discovered and repatriated. Many mothers of missing soldiers live in hope of seeing their sons again, or finally having a body that they may bury.

About

Fatemeh Behboudi

Fatemeh Behboudi was born in Tehran, Iran. She studied photography and, after graduating in 2007, has worked for several Iranian news services including the Iranian Quran News A...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/640
Focal length
90.0 mm
F-Stop
5.6
ISO
100
Camera
Canon EOS 50D

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