Danish
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Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist, who headed the multimedia team of news agency Reuters in India, was killed while reporting in Afghanistan’s Kandahar on Thursday night. Danish had traveled to Afghanistan and was riding along the Afghan Special Forces to report on their operations against the Taliban in the region.

Three days ago, the photojournalist in a series of tweets had described his near-death experience of covering the violent conflict unfolding between the government security forces and the Taliban in the Kandahar region following the withdrawal of the US troops from the area.

 

Farid Mamundzay Afghanistan’s ambassador to India also tweeted about the tragic event.

In 2018, Siddiqui had won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Rohingya refugee crisis along with others on his team. In his recent works, he extensively covered the country-wide anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests and the following violence on the Muslim communities in North East Delhi. His pictures of the devastating effect of the lockdown on the tens of thousands of migrant workers walking miles to reach home and his photos which covered the deadly second wave of coronavirus in India had been used widely used across media publications.

At a time when the Indian government was consistently fudging the COVID19 death numbers, Danish’s drone images of funeral pyres and saffron cloth clad dead bodies along the side of the Ganges brought the truth to the global spotlight.

When Danish was praised for his documentation of the brutal second wave of COVID19 by a reporter with ABC News, he had responded with, ‘It’s our DUTY to document what is happening around us.’

People all over the world have expressed grief on the death of the photojournalist and hailed his work as something that ‘really captured recent times’.

Rahul Bhatia, a former journalist with Reuters, tweeted that ‘Reuters teaches you how to take care of yourself. They teach you how to assess risk, how to make that calculation of when to stay and when to run. Danish and other journalists show the limits of this training because they’re skating so close to the edge of the truth of a situation. That’s how he got those pictures of mass pyres, of the lunatic with the gun during the protests, of a man beaten senselessly. “This is happening,” his pictures said. “Look.”‘

 

Danish was known for his photographs which captured the atrocities and the hardships that those who occupy the margins of society are made to undergo.

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