/ 2021 / Press / War

Open Wounds

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/War
  • Photographer
    Younes Mohammad
  • Credit
    Younes Mohammad

These photos are part of a project documenting the sacrifices of Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight to put down ISIS.
The project has taken me to the provinces of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Speaking with several hundred Peshmerga, taking intimate portraits of the wounded fighters, their families, and documenting both the stories in the battle and their ongoing struggles to navigate post-conflict life. Fighters who took up arms, not because they were required to do so, but because it was right and it was what had to be done.

Younes Mohammad is Born in 1968 in Dohuk, Iraq. He’s a Kurdish freelance photographer mostly active on assignments for newspapers, magazines, etc.
He spent his life in Iran as a refugee from 1974 - 1998 and graduated with an MBA University of Tehran.
Photography was his passion but he had no chance to follow it while the war situation was still continuing Saddam’s time.
In 2011 he quits his job and starts his journey as a photographer. His work has been exhibited internationally and published widely in publications.
He has received numerous awards.
He is now based in Erbil, Iraq.