The last breath
Northern Afghanistan, the Moghul Geshlagh refugee camp
I was on assignment for National Geographic.
The Taliban had already been in power for five years. Supported by Pakistan, they tried to consolidate their rule throughout the country. Massoud’s resistance forces were tried and true. He only had control of the Panjshir Valley and a small part in the north of the country. While fighting the Taliban, Massoud was trying to lay the foundations of an ideal society, in this little part of the country. He loved to talk about it: “In each village, I try to have a sage elected as a representative of the people’s council. Those who do not have the strength to lead the fight are given administrative or financial duties, or handle communications. Each one has their role to play.” There were many displaced Afghans who flocked to the regions under his control to escape the exactions of the Taliban, crowding the already overflowing refugee camps, left to their own resorts, without any aid from the United Nations or NGOs. The family of Mustafa Gol is Uzbek. His wife, eight months pregnant, and his three children walked for four days and four nights to escape the Taliban. One month later, the twins, Hassan and Hussein, were born in the camp. Beneath the tent, the face of one of the babies has the pale grey cast of death. He is suffering from the cold and malnutrition. As for his brothers and sisters, they are coughing and feverish, like most of the children in the camp. As I discussed the situation with Massoud, his expression has an immense sadness which is palpable. How was he to cope with the needs of this ever-growing population of displaced persons, without any help from the international community?
Text written by Rachel Deghati. Published in "War + Peace" (National Geographic Publishing, 2007), "Reza, entre guerre et paix" (National Geographic Publishing, 2008). #war #woman #mother #blue #massoud #refugee #baby #red #sadness #littlebaby #refugeecamp #suffering #cold #malnutrition #picoftheday #igers #photooftheday #photojournalism #reza #rezaphoto #rezadeghati #rezaphotography #rezaphotojournalist #webistan #رضادقتى