By Ed Kashi
Photographer Catherine Karnow and I visited Danang, Vietnam in July 2010. Assisted by Chidren of Vietnam, an agency which provides care to Vietnamese children with disabilities, we met and photographed Ly, who has a facial deformity, concave throat and weak heart. Ly is believed to be affected by dioxin, which was one of the ingredients in Agent Orange. Ly’s grandfather was a soldier during the Vietnam War, and her mother and aunt also have facial deformities.
EDITOR’S NOTE:Vietnam Reporting Project fellow Ed Kashi has won first prize in a UNICEF Photo of the Year Contest for his portrait of a young girl from Danang, who is affected by Agent Orange.
The Photo of the Year prize is awarded by UNICEF Germany for photographs and photo series that best depict the personalities and living conditions of children around the world.
Kashi’s photograph of Ly also placed second in the Contemporary Issues category of the 54th annual World Press Photo Contest, widely considered to be the premier competition within photojournalism.
Kashi’s photograph of nine-year-old Ly was taken as part of the Vietnam Reporting Project, which is based at the Renaissance Journalism Center at San Francisco State University.