The formidable photojournalist Shah Marai was tragically killed this week in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was one of 9 journalists who were targeted by the Taliban on the 30th of April.
Marai’s story is one of remarkable resilience. Shah Marai, 42, was from a family that is genetically disposed to blindness. He was one of the sole income earners for his extended family members. He started his career in 1996 at Agence-France Presse as a driver and blossomed into their chief photographer in Afghanistan. He bore witness to the world the fall of the Taliban and their relentless struggle for past two decades. Being a photographer under the Taliban was deadly and he took measures to protect himself. He explained in a 2016 essay, “They hated journalists,so I was always very discreet — I always made sure to put on the traditional shalwar kameez outfit when going outside and I took pictures with a small camera that I hid in a scarf wrapped around my hand.”
After witnessing his country fall further into a hopeless state, Marai maintained his happy disposition and is remembered for his humor. The world lost one of the most devoted photojournalists and today we honor Shah Marai.
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