Artist and Photographer Nevzat Yıldırım/Albumen Gallery is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the book ‘After the Conflict’. To see ‘After the Conflict’ online exhibition by Albumen Gallery click on any image.
During the last 10 years, worldwide around 10 million children are estimated to have been killed as a result of war and according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports surviving children are the main victims of war, with many suffering mental stress that will last a lifetime.
Nevzat Yildirim does not set out to add to the genre catalogue of general war photography documenting and reporting from specific conflict zones. His pictures address a wider concern that transcends any specific geo-political theatres of war.
The poignant juxtaposition of children and wrecked abandoned tanks form a powerful J’Accuse – a visual protest reminding us that the lives of children are all too often accepted collateral damage of conflict.
This is what’s left behind after the conflict. Casually abandoned wrecked hardware and damaged dislocated children often torn from their families – their innocence robbed. And yet, the photos also capture something else. Despite the destruction, chaos and disturbing experiences the children demonstrate a strength and positive energy in getting on with building a new life.