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Anja Niedringhaus: A Life in Photos
Anja Niedringhaus, an award-winning photojournalist with The Associated Press, was killed Friday while at work covering the upcoming election in Afghanistan.
Niedringhaus had spent years working in conflict zones, from Iraq to Libya, and her work alongside AP reporter Kathy Gannon had shone a light on the lives of ordinary people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gannon was injured in the same attack on Friday.
In the photo above, Afghan children peer through a fence at others splashing around a swimming pool on a hill overlooking Kabul, on May 17, 2013.
Men gather for prayers inside the Eid Gah mosque in Kandahar on Oct. 30, 2013. The mosque, one of Afghanistan's largest, was started by Osama Bin Laden and completed after the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
Niedringhaus was in a car in eastern Afghanistan with writer Kathy Gannon on April 4, 2014 when, according to a freelancer who was with them, an Afghan policeman approached them, yelled "Allahu Akbar" - God is Great - and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was wounded.
Afghan day laborer Zekrullah, 23, takes a break after preparing kilns to fire the bricks at a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul, Nov 7, 2013. In the last two years as U.S. and NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, brick makers say business has dropped off by almost half.
Female prisoners in their cell at Badam Bagh, Afghanistan's central women's prison. 202 women live in the jail, serving sentences of up to seven years for leaving their husbands, refusing to accept a marriage arranged by their parents, or choosing to leave their parents' home with a man of their choice -- all so-called “moral” crimes.
The story was featured by NBC News in April, 2013.
An Afghan woman holds her newborn baby wrapped in her burqa as she waits to try on a new burqa in a shop in the old town of Kabul on April 11, 2013. Despite advances in women’s rights, Afghanistan remains a deeply conservative country and most women continue to wear the Burqa. But tradesmen say times are changing in Kabul at least, with demand for burqas declining as young women going to school and taking office jobs refuse to wear the cumbersome garments.
Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino, center, of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, shouts out as he is rescued by a U.S. Army medevac helicopter after he got shot in the stomach outside Sangin, in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. The Army's 'Dust Off' crew needed two attempts to get him out, as they were fired upon and took five rounds of bullets into the tail of their aircraft.
Niedringhaus' stunning series of photos of Trevino's rescue was featured by NBC News in June, 2011
Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino cluches onto his rosary beads on board a medevac helicopter transporting him to safety.
Recounting the incident, Niedringhaus described how Trevino had collapsed on a stretcher, exhausted, after reaching the helicopter. "You have made it! You have made it!" a medic shouted. Trevino lifted his head to scream: "Yes, I have made it!"
Afghan boys study at a makeshift school in the village of Budyali, Nangarhar Province.
Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon worked together on a story about the village in March, 2013.
A U.S. Marine carries a mascot in his backpack for good luck as his unit pushes further into the western part of Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 14, 2004.
Niedringhaus was part of an AP team that was awarded a Pulitzer prize in 2005 for photographs of the bloody conflict in Iraq.
Ismail Mehr, 36, left, chief of anesthesiology at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, New York, prepares Palestinian boy Abdullah Shawwa, 4, for surgery in the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Jan. 27, 2009. Abdullah suffers from a kidney tumor the size of a watermelon and would not have made it without the quick intervention from the American surgery team.
A young girl reaches out to greet a Pakistani policeman securing the road outside Kainat Riaz's home in Mingora, Swat Valley, on Nov. 15, 2012. Security was stepped up after Kainat was wounded by the same Taliban gunman who shot Malala Yousufzai and 13-year-old Shazia Ramazan on their way home from school.
Niedringhaus was best known for her work in some of the world's most dangerous spots, but she was also a fine sports photographer, covering nine Olympic Games and many other events around the world.
In this photo from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Usain Bolt reacts as he wins the men's 100-meter final with a world-record time. Remarkably, the photo appeared to show Bolt's lace had become undone before he crossed the finish line.
The presidential election in Afghanistan would turn out to be Anja Niedringhaus' final assignment. Two days before her death, she made potatoes and sausage in Kabul for correspondent Kathy Gannon, who was wounded in the attack that killed Niedringhaus, and photographer Muhammed Muheisen.
"I was so concerned about her safety. And she was like, 'Momo, this is what I'm meant to do. I'm happy to go,'" Muheisen recalled.
In the photo above, taken on March 12, 2014, school children pass by a sign reading, "ballot not bullet" on their way home on the outskirts of Kandahar.
An Afghan boy flies his kite on a hill overlooking Kabul, May 13, 2013. Banned during the Taliban regime, kite flying is once again the main recreational escape for Afghan boys and some men.
"I don't believe conflicts have changed since 9/11 other than to become more frequent and protracted," Niedringhaus told The New York Times in a 2011 email exchange. "But the essence of the conflict is the same — two sides fighting for territory, for power, for ideologies. And in the middle is the population who is suffering."
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