Monday, 3 November 2008

Baghdad Calling

Baghdad Calling is a book by photojournalist Geert van Kesteren. In interviews and photos - both his own and those collected from Iraqi amateur photographers - it shows the everyday life of Iraqi refugees, most of whom have escaped from the centres of conflict to calmer parts of Iraq or neighbouring countries like Jordan, Turkey and Syria. There is hardly any relief in any form for these refugees, "with all the attendant consequences: children do not go to school and people are denied any medical care", as Jan Gruiters writes in the introduction.

People cope as they can - in the photo below, for example, two boys entertain their family by putting on a muscle show ...

Photo by Geert van Kesteren, Syria 2007.

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