The 2012 Pulitzer prize winners for photography were announced today, and they’re truly heartbreaking. Both of the honored photographs document the unbearable trauma of war. Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse won the award for Breaking News Photography with this photo captured moments after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a crowd at the Abul Fazel Shrine in Kabul on December 06, 2011. Tarana Akbari, age 12, stands amid the chaos screaming in fear:
Out of 17 women and children from her family who went to a riverside shrine in Kabul that day to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, seven died, including her seven-year-old brother Shoaib. More than 70 people lost their lives in all.
Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post won the Feature Photography award for his work on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression in today’s community of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans:
“I’m tired of having bad f—— dreams. I can’t take a nap because I’ll feel worse. I fall asleep, but it doesn’t make it better. Everybody says, ‘With time, with time it will all go away.’ So I’m waiting. He often credited his dog with saving his life. ‘For me Jibby is very therapeutic. … Sometimes I feel like a burden when I unload my emotions on friends, but Jibby’s always there, regardless of what mood I’m in.” -Scott Ostrom
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