2015 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd prize

Blue Sky Days

Photographer

Tomas van Houtryve

VII for Harper's Magazine

15 December, 2013

Children play at a birthday party in Sacramento County. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that between 168 and 221 children were killed in drone strikes on Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia between 2002 and 2015.

 

Since 2002, the US has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to collect intelligence and carry out airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The aircraft are guided via satellite by distant operators. The attacks have resulted in a large number of fatalities, including hundreds of civilians.

About the photographer

Tomas van Houtryve

Initially a student in philosophy, Tomas van Houtryve developed a passion for photography while enrolled in an overseas university program in Nepal. Immediately after graduation ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/2500
Focal length
18.3 mm
F-Stop
3.5
ISO
100
Camera
GR

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