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Hossein Fatemi November 4, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Somalia.

Mogadisho, Somalia 2011

Hossein Fatemi (b.1980, Iran) began to make photographs in 1997 at the Center of Youth Cinema in Tehran. He has worked in Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Russia, India, Somalia, Kenya, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. In 2004, he began his professional career by joining the Fars News Agency. In 2009 Hossein worked with UPI and traveled to Afghanistan and produced a photographic record of that country’s events. His work has been published in The Times, Newsweek, Time, Paris Match, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Washington Post. Since 2007 after the collapse of Taliban he has focused his career on Afghanistan. Hossein was the first Iranian photojournalist to be embedded with American troops in Afghanistan. He is represented by Panos Pictures.

About the Photograph:

“A group of children and young men play with a football in the district of Hamar Wayene. The building in the background shows the scars of a civil war that has ravaged the country since 1991. Somalia has not had a functioning central government since 1991. While northern parts of the country have broken away, setting up de facto states including Puntland and Somaliland, the rest of the country remains in a state of chaos. After heavy fighting in the summer of 2012, transitional government forces were driven back by the Al Shabab from positions previously held causing tens of thousands to flee and making a severe drought situation in the country significantly worse. Those who were able to make their way to the Kenyan border fled in their thousands to the infamous Dadaab refugee camp which has been sheltering Somalis since the early 1990s. International organisations were overwhelmed by the sudden influx and the worsening crisis.”