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Remembering Photojournalist Shah Marai through his photographs: A Tribute from The Atlantic May 1, 2018

Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Metaphor Online, The Atlantic , comments closed

The sadness of war can be seen in Shah Marai’s sensitive photographs of Afghan children but the reality of war can only be comprehended through the loss born by his wife and six children. There are 41 photos of his work in this tribute from The Atlantic (see the link below). RIP.

Shah Marai, chief photographer for Agence France-Presse in Kabul, was killed today in Afghanistan, one of at least 25 victims of twin suicide bombings in downtown Kabul. The second bombing targeted journalists who had come to cover the initial attack, killing nine of them, including Marai. He began covering events in Afghanistan for AFP in 1998, first as a stringer, later a staff photographer, working his way up to chief photographer. In those 20 years, AFP distributed more than 18,000 of his photos, documenting the horrors of war, but also everyday life—including the struggles of ordinary Afghans and the beauty of the landscape. He had an incredible ability to capture the humanity in almost any situation. A collection of his photos is gathered below. Shah Marai leaves behind a family, including six children. I also invite you to read “When Hope Is Gone,” written by Marai in 2016 about Afghanistan after the U.S. pulled out, and about his own role in covering the events of the previous decades.

https://correspondent.afp.com/when-hope-gone

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/04/remembering-photojournalist-shah-marai/559241/?utm_source=fbb

Photojournalist Shah Marai Centre with AFP Staffers in Kabul

 

London Riots August 13, 2011

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The London Riots have raised questions about marginalized societies throughout the world. The negativity in the European world, the Spanish, the Greek and now the English riots have been mirrored in Libya and Syria earlier this year. Frustration with the policies of government and the realities of economics have erupted spontaneously in bonfires of protest.

Looters and other local people in east London pointed to the wealth gap as the underlying cause, but education, lack of opportunity and the generation of a non aspirational class have contributed hugely to the destruction of a city and its cultural systems.

Austerity cuts were now hitting the poorest, the rioters  said, and after tales of politicians claiming excessive expenses and alleged police corruption  it was their turn to take what they wanted

“They set the example,” said one youth after riots in the London district of Hackney. “It’s time to loot.”

The criminality produced a swift popular backlash. Vigilante groups patrolled some streets and there seemed to be an embarrassment that English civilisation was under direct attack by its own citizens. Opportunity breeds tribal collectivity and primitive action and the deep hatred and social tensions have created one more nightmare for the civilized world to contemplate.

A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
A hooded youth walks past a burning vehicle in Hackney on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Disturbances broke out late on Saturday night in Tottenham and the surrounding area after the killing of Mark Duggan, 29 and a father-of-four, by armed police in an attempted arrest on August 4. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A masked man carries a toy backdropped by a burning car and garbage bins set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A masked man carries a toy backdropped by a burning car and garbage bins set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, Monday August 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

car burns on a street in Ealing, London, on August 9, 2011. Looting by groups of hooded youths spread to Ealing in west London and Camden in the north of the British capital late on Monday, the third night of violence which police have blamed on criminal thugs. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

A car burns on a street in Ealing, London, on August 9, 2011. Looting by groups of hooded youths spread to Ealing in west London and Camden in the north of the British capital late on Monday, the third night of violence which police have blamed on criminal thugs. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

Volunteers wait clear-up after overnight disturbances in Clapham Junction, in south London, on August 9, 2011. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)
Volunteers wait clear-up after overnight disturbances in Clapham Junction, in south London, on August 9, 2011. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

People eager to clean up after  rioting gather at Clapham Junction, on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
People eager to clean up after rioting gather at Clapham Junction, on August 9, 2011 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)