Behind the image
Persecuted for palm oil
Sutanta Aditya, a photographer who works with AFP, took these astonishing photos of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan being treated at conservation centre in western Indonesia after the primate was found with air gun pellets embedded in his body. Here Aditya describes how he saw the creature being treated.
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Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Eye witness
Win Tin, 84, was the country’s longest serving political prisoner and, with Aung San Suu Kyi, co-founded the National League for Democracy. He started his career in the early 1950s as a night editor for AFP in Yangon, before entering into politics after the 1962 coup. AFP's Myanmar correspondent Hla Hla Htay and the former Yangon bureau chief Didier Lauras recently met with Win Tin in his home. (AFP Photo/Ye Aung Thu)
Friday 18 April 2014 - Behind the image
A giant of international literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died April 17, was also a journalist. In the 1970s, he founded the Alternativa magazine, which would go on to inform a generation of Colombian activists before it closed under a mountain of debt.
It was there that Kelly Velasquez, who is currently an AFP correspondent in Rome, met Garcia Marquez. (AFP Photo/Yuri Cortez)
Monday 14 April 2014 - Eye witness
Since I arrived in Japan 18 months ago, I’ve been saying to myself that to write about the ‘Konbini’, these incredible supermarkets that stay open 24/7, would be too much of a cliche, a faux pas typical of the hack fresh off the boat. But what the hell. I want to write about it, so here we go: The Konbini.
Thursday 10 April 2014 - Eye witness
AFP video journalist Robert Leslie goes on a mission to Lagos, where he tries to interview Nigeria's best known healer-preacher, a self-styled "commissioned" voice of Jesus Christ. (AFP Photo/Robert Leslie)
Wednesday 9 April 2014 - Eye witness
Beirut-based AFP journalist Karim Abou Merhi reflects on the life and death of Father Frans van der Lugt, the Dutch priest who was murdered in Homs this week. Abou Merhi had interviewed the peace activist via Skype in February and was struck by his unshakable desire to help the Syrian people, and the hope he continued to express despite enduring hardship
Tuesday 8 April 2014 - Eye witness
KIGALI, April 11, 1994 --- I watch soldiers kill off the wounded in the hospital. With bayonets. Two young men are added to the bodies already piling up all over the courtyard. The morgue is flowing over.
I am witnessing a scene of indescribable violence and horror. I am authorized to be here, to observe, describe and tell the story, but without a notebook and without asking any questions. Later, I write. Badly, because the words won’t come.
Annie Thomas, who at the time of the genocide in Rwanda working as an East Africa correspondent, was one of the few journalists to witness the horror of what was happening. (AFP Photo/Pascal Guyot)
Monday 7 April 2014 - Behind the image
The nature of news means journalists frequently are in contact with people experiencing the depths of sorrow or despair. For photographers and video reporters, trying to capture such painful emotions can prove a particular challenge.
Should they remain impassive while a father rages as he holds the lifeless body of his daughter? Should they hesitate before taking a photo? How do you respectfully document people’s grief?
In this blog, some of AFP’s photographers explain the issues and their techniques for documenting tragedy.
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