Photo of the Year

Bibi Aisha

World Press Photo – if you can’t guess, an organization for photojournalists – has just held their awards for the best photo for 2010. The winning photo by South African Jodi Bieber is above. According to the commentary on the World Press Photo website the poor girl in the photo is Bibi Aisha formerly (thankfully) from Kabul.

Her winning picture shows Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband’s house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi’s brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the American military. After time in a women’s refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the US.

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