Bronze / 2019 / Press / Feature Story

Facing Death

  • Prize
    Bronze in Press/Feature Story
  • Photographer
    Silvia Alessi

Three stories worth telling of Peshmerga soldiers of Iraqi Kurdistan. Salman lost two legs, one arm, one eye and one ear on an ISIS explosive device during a military operation. "Only my soul is left", he says. Hoshyar is a brigadier general who lost two legs in two separate accidents. From then on, he devoted his life to clear mines wherever he can find them, risking his own life every time. Seven public buildings are named after him. They consider him a hero. Nasrin is a lieutenant colonel. Every member of her family works in the army. She lost her daughter during a battle against ISIS.

I'm a hair stylist, I run a salon near Milan in Italy. I love to travel and to take photos. Since 2004 I travel all around the world. My last experience were among Korowai tribe in Papua, and among kyrgyz nomads in Afghanistan. This year I developed the Skin Project, a storytelling of the Skin in India, among Acid Attacked women, albino people, and families hit by so called second poisoning of Bhopal.