The Sand Choked the Sky

A war photo a day #18

The Sand Choked the Sky The Sand Choked the Sky

Uncategorized August 23, 2013 0

French Army photo The Sand Choked the Sky A war photo a day #18 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I... The Sand Choked the Sky
French Army photo

The Sand Choked the Sky

A war photo a day #18

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 mid-2008 I blundered into Central Africa —Chad, specifically, chasing the explosive side effects of the Darfur genocide in Sudan. Lawless and corrupt, Chad was easily the most frightening place I’d ever been—and I’d been to Somalia!

The weather certainly didn’t help. The wind would shift and with ominous silence a mountain of airborne sand would roll in from the desert, blasting eyes, windshields and camera lenses and leaving in its wake the orange sky seen in the photo above, shot by a French helicopter pilot and given to me as wordless testimony to Chad’s hazards.

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