Thursday, February 19, 2009

Famine in Niger (Niger)

The fingers of malnourished one-year old Alassa Galisou are pressed against the lips of his mother Fatou Ousseini at an emergency feeding clinic in the town of Tahoua in Northwest Niger, 1 August 2005.
Taken while covering a devastating drought, the worst there in decades, that left millions of people without food in August 2005, Canadian photographer, Finbarr O'Reilly was himself feverish and resting when he saw little Alassa's hand reach out from his mother's lap and rest on her nose. 

Finbarr O’Reilly is the Reuters chief photographer for West and Central Africa and is based in Dakar, Senegal. He has been working full-time as a photojournalist for Reuters for less than two years when he  won the World Press Photo of the Year award in February 2006.
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