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Francesco Zizola January 13, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Uzbekistan.
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Aral Sea, Khodjely City, Uzbekistan

Francesco Zizola (b.1962, Italy) has published four books: his most recent “Iraq” published with Amnesty International (2007) documents the beginning of Iraq II, a war which has become off limits for photographers.  “Né Quelque Part – Born Somewhere” (2004 ) was the result of 13 years covering the situation of children around the world in 28 countries. Francesco has received numerous international awards and prizes, including the World Press Photo of The Year in 1996, documenting the tragedy of land mines in Angola, eight World Press Photo awards and four Pictures of the Year Awards. He is a founding member of the photographic agency “NOOR” and currently lives in Rome.

About the Photograph:

“I made this photo in the courtyard of the Republican Recovery School for children with serious malformations. The rate of infant morbidity as well as the rates of maternal and child mortality in this region are ten times higher than in Europe. Nearly 90% of the adolescents are anemic, 30% have kidney disease, 23% have thyroid deficiency and 20% have chronic hepatitis. One in three women has had a stillborn child. More then 90% of pregnant women have severe anemia and 30% of childbirths have complications due to hypertension during their pregnancy. The Aral Sea was one of the largest lakes in the world. But, in the 1950s, the Soviet Union decided to cultivate cotton in the region. The lake is now a third of its original size.”

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