THANK YOU!! With only 24 hours to go, we reached our goal -- but don't let that stop you from joining the campaign! Every dollar we go over will help offset Kickstarter fees, and over that, will go towards creating lesson plans with our photographers' work!
WAR IS ONLY HALF THE STORY
Six words that are at the heart of the Aftermath Project. As a non-profit, grant-making organization, we are committed to telling the other half of the story of conflict – the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. The Aftermath Project’s core activity is our annual grant competition, open to working photographers, world-wide. Each year, we amplify the work of our grant winners and finalists – and the aftermath issues they highlight -- through our annual publication, "War is Only Half the Story," and through curriculum available for free on our website. This book is our most important tool in continuing to leverage awareness of, and catalyze conversations about, critical post-conflict issues.
(NOTE: CAPTIONS FOR ALL PHOTOS ON THE RIGHT ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS COLUMN!)
I get excited every time we make a book -- but I'm particularly excited this year. When we opened our 2013 grant cycle, for the first time ever we had entries from conflict photographers who proposed aftermath projects about wars they had covered. One of them, Stanley Greene, won the grant. We couldn't be prouder of having supported a body of work that now brings one photographer's voice to bear on the war itself (as seen so brilliantly in Stanley's book, "Open Wound") and the aftermath of that war, seen in "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 7."It's not an easy thing to do -- they are two very different ways of seeing and experiencing a story.
This Kickstarter campaign supports the design, printing and distribution of 1,000 copies of "War is Only Half the Story, Vol 7," featuring Stanley's work ("Hidden Scars"/Chechnya) and the work of 2013 finalists Isabel Kiesewetter ("Konversion"/Germany); Gwenn Dubourthoumieu ("Raped Lives"/Democratic Republic of the Congo); Boryana Katsarova ("Kosovo: The Last Balkan Storm"/Kosovo) and Martino Lombezzi ("Blue Line"/Israel and Lebanon).
We're committed to helping photographers tell these important post-conflict stories -- and to getting them out to a wide public audience. Each year, we send out some 400 pro bono copies of "War is Only Half the Story" to a list that includes peacebuilding and journalism programs, high school teachers, museum curators, photo editors and industry professionals.
Thanks to a generous grant from PhotoWings, which also supports our curriculum development, we only need to raise $12,500 this year to publish our book. But we also need YOUR help to make it happen. In exchange, we've got some great rewards for you (see our incentives, to the right, and photos below).
If you've got a photographer in your life, consider your Christmas shopping done!
(NOTE: CAPTIONS FOR ALL PHOTOS ON THE RIGHT ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS COLUMN!)
#1 BORYANA KATSAROVA
Village of Prekaz, October 2012, Drenica Valley in central Kosovo. In 1998 this village became the birthplace of the Kosovo Liberation Army, or KLA. The Attack on Prekaz village, also known as the Prekaz Massacre, was an operation led by the Special Anti-Terrorism Unit of Serbia on March 5. 1998. Soon after the events in Prekaz, the Kosovo war started.
#2 BORYANA KATSAROVA
The heroes of the newborn nation. Tombs bearing the names of KLA soldiers who died during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war can be seen all over Kosovo. They are considered to be the heroes of the newborn nation.
#1 MARTINO LOMBEZZI
Rosh Hanikra, Israel. The Rosh Hanikra grottoes, the extreme point of Israeli territory on the sea before Lebanon.
#2 MARTINO LOMBEZZI
Tel Dan, Israel. The Dan River is the largest of four tributaries that drain into the Jordan River. The Dan’s source is Mount Hermon. The area around the sources is a popular tourist spot for Israeli families.
#1 ISABEL KISEWETTER
Fusion Festival, Larz
Former Rechlin-Larz military airfield
1933 - 1945: Main testing ground of the the Third Reich’s Luftwaffe
1945 - 1993: Used by the 19th Fighter Bomber Regiment West of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany
#2 ISABEL KISEWETTER
Forest City, Wünsdorf
Former command center with barracks, military training area and bunkers
1910 – 1935: Constructions of barracks, telephone and telegraph office, and Infantry School. Headquarters of the Reichswehr
1939 – 1945:Headquarters of the Wehrmacht’s Supreme Command
1945 – 1994: Seat of the High Command
#1 GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU
At the end of 2011, Kwinanika Ngerina, 45, Abiya Gil, 45, and Nakambululo Torina, 30, were raped by several soldiers of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) while they were going to the fields.
#2 GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU
This couple has benefited from mediation work by the women activists of AFPDE, an NGO which provides medical aid to rape victims. The wife was raped by several men who came to punish her husband. She said, "When my husband returned home, I told everything to him. He did not react, did not say a word and took me to the hospital. I believed that he was angry with me. I was suddenly afraid that he would abandon me. But instead, he took me to the police and encouraged me to tell everything".
#1 SARA TERRY
City Hall, East London, Eastern Cape Province. The room where the first human rights violation hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was held from April 15 -18, 1996. Chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the commission held a series of hearings across the country, taking the testimony of more than 21,000 victims of the apartheid regime. The TRC – with a mandate that included the possibility of amnesty for perpetrators of the regime – was an integral part of the agreements that led South Africa’s white Afrikaner government to agree to democratic elections, which in turn led to the election of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president in 1994. However, the hearings were also widely criticized for allowing the highest-level perpetrators (on all sides) to avoid testifying or being held accountable for their crimes. Although the TRC accomplished the monumental task of bringing the abuses of the apartheid era into the open and on to the country’s history books, “reconciliation” remained – and remains today – an elusive goal. May 2013.
#2 SARA TERRY
Liliesleaf Farm, Johannesburg, Gauteng. In the early 1960s, Liliesleaf Farm was secretly used by members of the African National Congress, including Nelson Mandela, who lived at the farm under the assumed name of David Motsamayi, as a worker in blue overalls employed by the owner to look after the farm. In a crushing blow for the ANC and its armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, South African security forces raided the farm on July 11, 1963, capturing 19 members of the underground as they were meeting to plan attacks on the government. The raid led to the Rivonia Trial (named after the neighborhood in which Liliesleaf stands), in which ten leaders of the ANC were tried for 221 acts of sabotage, which the government said were designed to “foment violent revolution.” Mandela was among those sentenced to life in prison; he was sent to Robben Island, where he served 18 of his 27 years in captivity. Today, the farm is a national museum, dedicated to keeping awareness of the early liberation struggle alive. May 2013.
#1 STANLEY GREENE
Maryam, the only young girl living on Chechen Island. Her mother, Patimat, is the island’s nurse. Her father was killed at sea, while drunk, and she lost her two brothers to cancer. She stays on the island because of her mother. Chechen Island, Dagestan, November, 2013.
#2 STANLEY GREENE
A scarecrow and his guard dog watch over the village of Bamut, which was always a rebel stronghold, and was the last village to fall to Russian forces. The entire village was leveled by the Russian military. Bamut is near the Chechen border with neighboring Ingushetia, which lies to the west of Chechnya. In April, 2014, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov sent forces on a cross-border raid into Ingushetia. A few years previously, he sent forces on a similar raid into Dagestan, to the east. Kadyrov’s pan-Caucasus ambitions are making his neighbors uneasy. Bamut, Chechnya, 2013.
Risks and challenges
After several years of publishing an annual book, we feel we've got this down. That said, last year we made a big snafu -- we ordered the wrong mailers for the books, and several of them got damaged in the mail. We promptly offered and sent replacement copies to anyone who let us know. But we're not making that mistake again! We're back to using our strong, snug-fitting mailers. We've also made the decision to send all the books via priority mail, instead of the slower media mail (hence, the slightly higher prices this year).
We are going to ship during the busy holiday season -- which could lead to delays by USPS delivering some rewards. But we will start shipping in late November to get rewards delivered in time for Christmas.
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