خليك مبسوط…او حاول
يا طير …. يا طير
taken by: Khalid Mohy
حسين الإمام - كابوريا
Gripping front-page story in the New York Times on Samar Hassan, a girl whose reaction to seeing her civilian parents killed by U.S soldiers became one of the most iconic and graphic photos to come out of the Iraqi war, seeing that photo for the first time, six years after it was taken.
Writer Tim Arango on Hassan’s life since the incident:
The photograph of Samar is frozen in history, but her life moved on, across a trajectory that is emblematic of what so many Iraqis have endured. In a country whose health care system has almost no ability to treat the psychological aspects of trauma, thousands of Iraqis are left alone with their torment.
And on the impact of the photo:
The photo of Samar had far-reaching impact, for it was visual testimony to a particular scourge of this war: the shooting of innocent civilians as they approached American checkpoints or foot patrols, killings made possible by liberal rules of engagement aiming to protect soldiers from suicide car bombers. The image was a point of discussion at the highest reaches of the Pentagon as it considered ways to reduce civilian casualties.
The Iraq war delivered few singular images for the popular imagination, partly because the country was too dangerous for photographers to move around freely, but also because in an age of saturated media coverage and short attention spans, it may be more difficult for news images to take root in the collective memory.
The military also set strict rules for embedded journalists that kept many graphic images from the public eye; the military asked Mr. Hondros to leave his embed assignment after he shot the pictures of Samar.
The photographer, Chris Hondros, was killed April 20 while on assignment in Libya.
Eloge de Sidi Bou Saïd, de Max-Pol Fouchet et jacques Perez, Editions Ceres, 1975.
الكلاب تعوي والقافلة تسير
By: Mohammed Mousa