Photographer Shares His Powerful Photos Of The Battle of Mosul

July 10, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: TRUTH

My name is Kainoa Little, and I am a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer. I was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

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.

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.

Federal Police enter a theater suspected of containing an explosive device as they try to take control of the block in the Old City

A Federal Policeman in a ruined cinema

Federal Police prepare for battle in the Old City. This machine gunner is organizing his ammo

An Islamic State bullet punches through the wall near a Federal Policeman

Federal Police enter a theater in the Old City. Seconds later, an Islamic State gunman opened fire from the upper rafters

Federal Police in the theater

A soldier clears a building in Mosul’s Old City

A Federal Policeman takes fire from the other side of a theater. Several bullets impacted the other side of the wall near where he had been looking through a window

A Federal Policeman runs across exposed ground on the roof of the theater

Federal Police exchange fire with ISIS across the theater

Federal Police in the theater in the Old City

A cook prepares large amounts of rice for the soldiers

Federal Police commanders

Federal Police shave and rest in a civilian home on the front line in west Mosul

Civilians flee from fighting in west Mosul

Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing

Refugees from west Mosul wait near the Tigris River crossing

A humvee passes civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

Iraqi Army piloting a drone

Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

Refugees escaping fighting

American and Burmese medics fail to recuscitate a sniper victim

Civilians fleeing battles in Musharrifah

A woman learns from American and Burmese medics that her son will survive a bullet wound in the leg

A helicopter gunship fires at Islamic State positions

 

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