Sometimes we are so engrossed in our own worlds that we don’t know what people in another corner of the world are going through and when we know it, we are left stupefied.
Kainoa Little is a Shoreline, Washington-based photographer who was in Mosul city of Iraq in April-May 2017. He documented Iraqi forces as they fought the ISIS to liberate Mosul.
In this article, he states, “I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.”
He further adds, “The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless. So I have tried to share them where I can, and hopefully people can imagine some of the human tragedy and triumph playing out in Mosul.”
Mosul, a city in Iraq has been the site for military operations since October 2016. The city had been in the control of ISIS and the forces are trying to liberate the people by indulging in conflict – called the Battle of Mosul.
According to the Encyclopaedia of Modern Middle East And North Africa, the population of the city was growing rapidly around 2004 and was estimated to be 1,846,500. But due to the violence in the city a large number of people have left to find safety.
Kainoa’s photos of Mosul can be viewed here: No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free : Mosul 2017
The photos shared by Kainoa Little tell a compelling story that you must know – you must share and make the voices of the people who need to be heard, more powerful.
Photos: Kainoa Little