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Artist(s): Amro Hamzawi, United States

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Proposal Title: Iraqis Today (Testimonies), 02/26/2009, Photography

Proposal Synopsis: Ordinary Iraqis are the first victims of the Iraq war and occupation, yet there is barely mention in the media today of the cruel toll the conflict has taken on them. It is difficult to give a precise estimate of the number of civilians who perished or were injured as a result of the invasion, but by all accounts the conditions on the ground are a humanitarian disaster with the civilians caught in the line of fire between the occupation forces, the militias that have taken over the country and the various insurgent groups wreaking havoc. With its infrastructure destroyed and its resources pillaged, Iraq has become a shadow of itself. There are some 2 million Iraqi refugees outside the country—mainly in Syria and Jordan—and around 2.4 million others internally displaced. This collection of portraits of Iraqi refugees undoubtedly only shows the tip of the iceberg, but it gives an idea about the scope of the catastrophe.

Artist's Biography: Born in Lebanon, photographer Amro Hamzawi has lived in Kuwait, France, Syria and the United States. In 2008, his work from Southern Lebanon won an honorable mention in photojournalism from American Photo, a 2nd prize in photojournalism from the Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and two bronze awards from the International Aperture awards. His project "Iraqis Today" earned him a 3rd prize in the war/conflict category of the 2009 Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards, as well as another honorable mention from American Photo in 2009.

Artist's Website: http://www.amrohamzawi.com

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