Photojournalist Giles Duley Gravely Injured in Afghanistan
The New York Times has just reported that British freelance photographer Giles Duley lost both legs and an arm after stepping on an improvised explosive in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan.
The incident occurred February 7 while Duley was on a foot patrol with a US Army unit, according to the Times. The report says he did not suffer internal injuries or head injuries, according to a brother interviewed by the Times. Duley, who is 39, is undergoing medical treatment in Britain.
Duley had been a fashion and music photographer for publications including Vogue, GQ, and Esquire, but recently switched to pursue humanitarian projects. According to his web site, he has worked with Medecins sans Frontiers, IOM and UNHCR, among other NGOs, on stories in Bangladesh, Angola and South Sudan.
Duley is the second photographer badly injured in recent months while covering the war in Afghanistan. New York Times photographer Joao Silva lost both legs when he stepped on a mine in October. He recently began walking again with artificial legs. Previously, AP photographer Emilio Morenatti lost a foot in August 2009 after a roadside bomb exploded near a vehicle he was traveling in. He has since returned to work on an artificial foot.