Full of Bullet Holes

A war photo a day #9

Full of Bullet Holes Full of Bullet Holes

Uncategorized August 12, 2013 0

David Axe photo Full of Bullet Holes A war photo a day #9 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care... Full of Bullet Holes
David Axe photo

Full of Bullet Holes

A war photo a day #9

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In 2007 the world was finally waking up to the severity of the Somali civil war, raging since 1991. A small force of Ugandan peacekeepers stormed Mogadishu, launching an international intervention that would draw the U.S. back into the ravaged country in a big way.

At a refugee camp in Afgoye, just outside Mogadishu, I photographed one of the war’s millions of victims: a young man, perforated by shrapnel, full of bullet holes and clinging to life as his friend hovered nearby for support and, outside, widows danced and sang to God.