A wounded Afghan boy receives treatment at a hospital in Kunar province on February 13, 2013. A NATO air strike killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children, in a raid on a Taliban hideout in a remote region of eastern Afghanistan, local officials said. “Five children, four women and a man were killed in the raid,” Kunar provincial governor, Sayed Fazulullah Wahidi, told AFP
Seven-year-old Noman suffers from a rare blood disease and must have frequent transfusions in order to survive. He has already lost two siblings to the genetic disease. In developed countries he could expect to receive regular treatment, but in war-torn Afghanistan there is always a risk that he may not be able to reach the hospital in time.
How does one photograph a story that has not yet occurred? How does one evoke a sense of what might happen, or of what could?
This was the challenge for the Afghan-Swiss photographer Zalmaï: to capture the sense of foreboding that, as Dexter Filkins writes in this week’s issue, permeates Afghanistan as American troops prepare to withdraw. “People forget that almost thirty million people live in Afghanistan,” Zalmaï told me from Kabul. “Yet twenty thousand Taliban can completely destroy these thirty million lives. How Afghanistan will avoid falling into civil war again, I just don’t know.”
Zalmaï’s work is currently on display in Kabul as part of Documenta, an internationally renowned exhibition series that occurs every five years. Click-through for a slideshow of his images: http://nyr.kr/KOkx0j
An Afghan boy carries a sheep on his shoulders on the outskirts of Herat on April 10, 2012.
Source: CNN Daily Snapshot
Khalid, 7 years old, sits outside of the medical tent of a US military base after elders from a village claimed he was injured from a bomb dropped by the Americans near his home. American forces admit to dropping a bomb in the area, and say the boy was most likely injured in the attack. Civilians throughout Afghanistan have been victims of both Taliban and US attacks.