UNICEF Photo of the Year 2006
Each year, UNICEF Germany grants the “UNICEF Photo of the Year Award” to photos and photo series that best depict the personality and living conditions of children worldwide in an outstanding manner. Here are the winners 2006.
The Kashmir Earthquake
The five year old Rahila is all smiles. She is a patient of the Red Cross Hospital in the northern Pakistani city of Muzaffarabad. An extension bandage covers her legs because she broke her lower leg and thigh during the devastating earthquake of 10/8/2005. But nevertheless she is all smiles, as if she was perfectly fine.
Three weeks after the earthquake Danish photographer Jan Grarup traveled to Pakistan. He took a flight to Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani part of Kashmir. The earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale almost completely destroyed the city. More than 70,000 inhabitants of the Kashmir region died in the earthquake, 18,000 of which were children. 3.3 million Kashmiris lost their homes and after one full year 30,000 people are said to still live in emergency camps.
Rahila was one of many gravely injured girls and boys in the children’s department of the local hospital. The doctors covered her multiple fractured legs with an extension bandage. In order to give her medical treatment she had to be evacuated by helicopter from her village. The flight that saved Rahila’s life took half an hour.
“I was so impressed by her smile amidst all the grief and despair”, says Grarup, a second time winner of the UNICEF award. “The little girl is living proof of the strength that lies in children.”