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Alleruzzo: Iraqi captain to receive free care

Alerting everyone to photojournalist Maya Alleruzzo's good works. Her story  -- outlining the trials and tribulations of an Iraqi officer badly injured  during a Christmas Day ambush -- has produced some results. Perhaps just a drop in the bucket, but a drop nonetheless. Here's a link to the full update. The lede is below.

Parwana Book Exhibition at Lancaster House in London

I wanted to alert everyone to an interesting book produced by Redux Pictures photographer Katherine Kiviat and journalist Scott Heidler. The two-year book project, Parwana, documents the stories of women in Afghanistan who areacting as "agents of change" there. It also documents the changing roles of women in the society. The book, which has also been translated in Dari and Pashtu, has been distributed to girls schools across Afghanistan. Photographs and interviews from the book are also currently on exhibit at the Afghan Donor’s Conference in London, althought Kiviat and Heidler say it is difficult to get in to see them during the actual conference due to security concerns. I have posted a press release of the event below.

Maya Alleruzo: Injured Soldier 'A Beacon Of Hope' Essay

Check out Maya Alleruzo's new essay -- Injured soldier 'a beacon of hope' -- in the Washington Times. it is the story of Capt. Furat, an Iraqi officer badly injured  during a Christmas Day ambush. Interesting insight into the special challenges faced by Iraqi soldiers. Here's the lede.... By Maya Alleruzzo THE WASHINGTON TIMES January 25, 2006 BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- The powerful legs that carried him through battle lay stretched before him, motionless underneath a blanket. The broad shoulders and bulging forearms that once easily carried an 80-pound machine gun lay limp at his sides. Somewhere in Iraq, those who tried to kill him wait to finish the job.     Capt. Furat, 28, struggles to sort out a life that was shattered Christmas Day in an ambush by gunmen disguised as Iraqi soldiers while he was visiting his family. 

  Capt. Furat managed a laugh despite his wounds at the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad, Iraq. Smiling through the pain: Capt. Furat managed a laugh despite his wounds at the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad, Iraq.  MAYA ALLERUZZO (THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Sheryl Mendez: Iraq, The Missing, The Graves

 

Below you will find photojournalist Sheryl A. Mendez’s new project, Silencing Memory -- also found here as a Quicktime Slideshow. Silencing Memory is a disturbing look at Saddam Hussein’s use of torture, killings and disappearances in his bid to maintain power over Iraq, the current attempt by family members and forensic examiners to reveal that history by painstakingly unearthing the mass graves that dot the Iraqi landscape -- even as killings and disappearances continue on a daily basis.

Mendez is a former US News & World Report  photo editor and founding member of the Crimes of War Project. She was also the photography editor and researcher on the book, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know W.W. Norton & Co., New York/London), and is currently working on upcoming 2nd edition of the book. Mendez previously worked for Magnum Photos as story developer and field researcher.

She has passed along these links detailing the current attempt to establish a center for missing and disappeared persons:

  1. www.jordanembassyus.org/01172005001.htm
  2. www.un.org/apps/news/infocusnewsiraq1.asp?NewsID=866&sID=12
  3. www.iraqfoundation.org/reports/unreports/S_2005_141_English.pdf

This link will take you to more information about War Crimes.

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Which Photo Agency Is Hardest To Deal With? (Please use the comment section to address some of the issues you see.)
Getty
29%
Corbis
7%
Sipa
5%
Blackstar
4%
WireImage
6%
Panos
1%
Agency VU
2%
Lookat Photos
4%
VII
6%
Magnum
11%
Aurora
1%
Gamma
5%
WPN
5%
Zuma Press
8%
Polaris
5%
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