Diego Ibarra Sanchez

Photographer; Educator; Video journalist
   
EWIPA Iraq
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: www.diegoibarra.com Diego Ibarra Sánchez is a documentary photographer based in Lebanon contributing for THE NEW YORK TIMES, NZZ, Revista 5W, UNHCR, and UNICEF, among others. Diego assumes a very critical stance regarding the use of images... MORE
Public Story
EWIPA Iraq
Copyright Diego Ibarra Sánchez 2022
Updated Aug 2022
Location Iraq
Topics Breaking News, Documentary, Editorial, Education, Essays, Human Rights, Journalism, Media, Photography, Photojournalism, Poverty, Reporting, Social Justice, War, War and its effects
The open wounds of war in Iraq is a project done in March 2022 to highlight how the war affects thousands of children's lives in Iraq as a part of the UNICEF project on"EWIPA", explosive weapons in populated areas

Lost childhood, amputation, trauma, violence, displacement, and school dropouts take their toll on the most vulnerable. Children affected by multiple conflicts in Iraq face an uncertain future. Explosive weapons kill and injure thousands of civilians each year, during and after the armed conflict. Children account for roughly half of the casualties from explosive ordnance.

Armed conflicts are increasingly fought in populated areas, like cities, where children represent a large portion of the community. When explosive weapons are used in these areas, over 90 percent of victims are civilians – many, children or their parents. These are the repercussions of years of conflict in Iraq. In the 1980s, Iraq and Iran plunged into a war that lasted more than eight years. Now, thirty years later, thousands of victims continue to scatter the remains of loved ones in areas around the border, such as the Basra region which is still contaminated with explosive remnants.

Iraq remains among the countries most contaminated by landmines and explosive devices in the world. According to the United Nations Mine Action Service, Iraq has approximately 2,850square kilometers of recorded contaminated land, including areas recaptured from the IslamicState of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), putting at risk 8.5 million people.

The level of contamination in the areas that were controlled by ISIS in Iraq is considered to be three-dimensional, which means that it can exist anywhere: buried in the ground, attached to refrigerators, doors, or windows, hidden inside the rubble, in toys of children, household appliances, etc. This, coupled with high levels of destruction and ongoing internal grievances/tensions continue to pose.

In Iraq, children live and grow up with gun violence as background music. Conversations about the war have become the norm. These are the stories of young people who woke up in hospital after days in a coma, without legs, hands, or eyes. Those who survived carry with them an indelible trauma, with a whole life ahead of them. Their scars are proof that the consequences of war do not end with the raising of flags or the proclamation of victory speeches. The resilience of children like Dalia, which wants to open her own business when she grows up, is a seed of hope for the future of Iraq. Their stories should not be forgotten.

Text: Juan Haro
El PAIS SEMANAL: https://elpais.com/eps/2022-07-09/las-heridas-abiertas-de-la-infancia-en-irak.html
UNICEF: https://www.unicef.org/stories/lasting-scars-conflict-iraq

LinkedIn Icon Facebook Icon Twitter Icon
629

Also by Diego Ibarra Sanchez —

Story

Patriotic eduction Ukraine

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Ukraine
Story

Prison break Syria

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Hasakah, Syria
Story

the collapse

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Lebanon
Story

In Afghanistan, American Special Forces ´s Presence winds down

Diego Ibarra
Story

Faith in French Army

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Lebanon
Story

ART PRINTS

Diego Ibarra
Story

Crisis and Covid in Lebanon

Diego Ibarra Sánchez
Story

NYT: Beirut: 06:08 pm aftermath

Diego Ibarra Sánchez
Story

NYT: Where cannabis grows everywhere

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Lebanon
Story

Anatomy Revolution

Diego Ibarra
Story

Ukraine borderland

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Ukraine
Story

Beirut

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Beirut, Lebanon
Story

Caught in the crossfire

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Ukraine
Story

Mandela Legacy, Gambia UNDP

Diego Ibarra / The Gambia
Story

Yazidi Legacy

Diego Ibarra / sinjar,
Story

CNN: Tripoli´s turmoil

Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Tripoli, Lebanon
Story

Orphans of War in Mosul

Diego Ibarra Sánchez
Story

Kafala

Diego Ibarra / Beirut, Lebanon
Story

Fear and Sport Imperil Lebanon

Diego Ibarra / Lebanon
Story

Christians under siege: Pakistan

Diego Ibarra
Story

Pehlwani : the ancients mud wrestler

Diego Ibarra
Story

Dispatches from Mosul

Diego Ibarra
Story

Factory Aftermath

Diego Ibarra
Story

How ISIS changed Iraqi schools

Diego Ibarra
EWIPA Iraq by Diego Ibarra Sánchez
Join us
For more access