2012 Breaking News
Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini was shooting photos of a crown celebrating a Muslim holiday near a mosque in Kabal when a suicide bomber ignited a powerful explosion that threw Hossaini to the ground.
His left hand bleeding, Hossaini grabbed his camera and ran toward the blast site. Amid the carnage stood 12-year-old Tarana Akbari wearing a bright green dress to mark the holiday. She was screaming in terror. At her feet lay the body of her 7-year-old brother, Shoaib, one of more than 70 people killed on Dec. 6, 2011.
"A few seconds before I was recording smiling faces," recalled Hossaini, "then I was facing a circle of dead bodies piled up on each other."
Hossaini's photograph ran on front pages around the world. The photographer wept for days.
"This is the reality of Afghan life," said Hossaini, who was born in Afghanistan but left as a boy. "This is a real war, a war without reason, and it's really painful and it's really violent. Everybody who sees that picture sees our situation. Who are the victims? Children, women and civilians."