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Nichole Sobecki January 3, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Libya.
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Opposition fighters wake at dawn in a small building at the rebel-held checkpoint near the Ras Lanuf oil refinery. Libya 2011

Nichole Sobecki (b. 1986, USA) is an independent photographer and writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. Nichole studied political science at Tufts University and photography at the International Center of Photography and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. From 2008-2011 Nichole was the Turkey Correspondent for Global Post, based in Istanbul. During that time she also covered the early days of the Libyan uprising, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, developmental challenges facing Nepal, and the aftermath of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Times of London, The Guardian, Le Monde M Magazine and GlobalPost.

About the Photograph:

“This photo is of a group of opposition fighters in Libya, waking at dawn to another day of fighting at a rebel-held checkpoint near the Ras Lanuf oil refinery. I arrived in eastern Libya soon after the uprising began, and worked as a correspondent for GlobalPost covering the early days of the revolution and its descent into civil war. The night before this photo was taken I had slept at an abandoned hotel in Ras Lanuf, then under the management of a group of rebel soldiers. Around four in the morning I awoke to pounding on the door, and the news that Gaddafi’s forces were on their way to retake the town. I left for a nearby checkpoint to find groups of opposition fighters slowly waking up, making tea, and calling their families before the day’s chaos began.”

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