Monday, 25 February 2013

Denver Post | Victims of the Taliban

Photo © AP/Muhammed Muheisen
It shouldn't be any surprise to anyone following international news to realize that the real danger to Muslims around the world is the terror, intimidation, repression and genocide committed by fellow Muslims. Whether it's Sunni violence against Shi'a Muslims (or vice versa), or Sunni Muslim against fellow Sunnis...whether its by the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Jamjaweed or the Mali Islamists (to name but a few), it is Muslims who suffer the most.

The Denver Post's photo blog featured poignant portraits of a handful of Pakistani victims maimed by the Taliban. Their stories are rarely heard in Pakistan, but they're all against any reconciliation with the Taliban, and the mere idea of negotiating with people responsible for their pain is abhorrent.

The photographs are by photographer Muhammed Muheisen.  He was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and graduated with a degree in journalism and political science in 2002. He is currently based in Islamabad, as the Associated Press chief photographer of Pakistan.

Since 2001, he has been covering major events in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Iraqi conflict, as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, and France. He received several international awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2005, a POYi in 2007, an APME Journalism Excellence Award, and first prize in the 2012 National Headliner Awards.