Thursday 30 April 2015 - Eye witness
"Migrant landings in the ports of southern Italy follow a well-worn pattern," writes AFP's Fanny Carrier, who was in Sicily this month to report on the deadliest week in the Mediterranean migrant crisis. "Out on the ship’s deck, the men, women and children sit surrounded by rescuers and humanitarian workers in white protective suits, gloves and masks. Their stories are all similar, all harrowing. They tell of a fraught, ruinously expensive journey across Africa, the perilous crossing of the Sahara, their arrival in Libya. They tell of the violence of militias and people-smugglers. They tell of their fear on board the boat, of water seeping in, of the rescuers who barely reached them in time. And finally, of reaching a safe shore."
(Photo: AFP / Alberto Pizzoli)
Tuesday 6 January 2015 - Eye witness
On New Year’s Day, AFP photographer Dominique Faget joined France’s defence minister on a lightening visit to an army base in Niger's remote north. "The desert outpost lies at the gates of Libya, right on the route used by jihadists and arms smugglers to reach northern Mali and Niger from the violence-wracked state," he writes. "Near the gleaming new runway, I spot five or six trucks piled high with a mind-boggling load – at a standstill under the sun. I slip away from the group visit for a moment to investigate, and snap a few pictures."
(AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Tuesday 16 October 2012 - Behind the image
AFP Photo/Aris Messinis
The fall of Kadhafi, a story told in pictures
Athens-based AFP photographer Aris Messinis has covered the on-going social crisis in his native Greece since protests there turned violent in 2010. But he has demonstrated his knack for getting good shots under pressure in other hotspots too. His coverage last year of the end-game battle in Syrte, Libya – which pitted a cornered Moamer Kadhafi against the rebel National Liberation Army that had encircled him – earned him the top prize last weekend at the Bayeux-Calvados competition for war correspondents.
Wednesday 12 September 2012 - Eye witness
US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, shown here in an official State Department photo, was killed overnight on September 11 during an attack on the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Another photo, obtained by AFP, shows Stevens -- possible unconscious, probably dead -- being evacuated from the consulate compound by civilians shortly after the attack. This is the picture’s backstory. (AFP Photo/US State Department)