20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Children of War

Children arrive from Afghanistan. In war zones, medical care often collapses completely. For a large part of the population necessary treatment is no longer possible. Even years after a conflict, complicated operations cannot be performed because qualified staff and infrastructure are missing. For the patients, this can simply mean death. More than 400 million children are affected by wars worldwide. For the sick and injured among them, medical treatment abroad is often the only chance to survive. For the last ten years I have been following the work of the German NGO Friedensdorf International that enables children to get this medical treatment in Germany, in several missions. Approximately 300 kids arrive each year, currently mainly from Angola and Afghanistan, countries in which wars have been raging for decades.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Toby Binder