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Visual images and accounts of the effects of the war in Iraq that you would never see in the mainstream media.
on November 13, 2005
These photojournalists took life threatening risks to connect to the people in Iraq. Unlike the media photographs that we are accustomed to, this book shows heartbreaking scenes of the way that this war has shattered the life, the relationships, the culture, and future of innocent civilians. The truth unembedded...
The book depicts not only scenes of the destruction of war, but also the struggle for life that exists in stark contrast to the shadow of day to day violence in Iraq.
These are the photojournalists who were able to make it into the Imam Ali Shrine during the siege of the old city. They determined that contrary to media reports there were no weapons being stored in the shrine.
"We crossed the lines because we believe that it is more important to humanize a conflict than it is to trade in rhetorical truths... Instead, we wanted to document honestly what we witnessed in the war because this is the sole duty of journalists, regardless of their nationality and religion. We were able to do this precisely because we did not carry weapons or claim allegiance to one of the warring parties. If our journeys from behind the lines were acts of faith, then they were also proof that often when one man is confronted with the humanity of another, he will not raise his rifle and pull the trigger. This is not disloyalty to one's country. It is the thing that brings an end to war."