The Digital Journalist
South Southeast - Steve McCurry
Photograph by Steve McCurry
"I had been photographing the effects of heavy rocket and mortar shelling in Kabul, Afghanistan. Without warning, hundreds of rockets started pouring onto the city from several different directions, and I needed to find cover immediately. The first refuge I saw was what appeared to be a series of abandoned buildings. I dashed for cover. It turned out to be a hospital for the insane. Its residents were victims of more than a decade of war, soldiers who had lost their minds, and civilians traumatized by indelible images of the horror that they had witnessed. There was no electricity, no running water, no doctors, no nurses. Most of the men and women stood or sat or wandered around all day in a catatonic stupor. As I photographed them, they seemed completely unaware of my presence."


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