Featured image by Ali Arkady
I was recently interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti of The Current: CBC Radio regarding Ali Arkady, my mentee from VII, and his recently released piece on Iraqi war crimes.
“When Iraqi photographer Ali Arkady gained the trust of an elite unit of Iraqi soldiers, they invited him to capture their battlefield exploits as they fought to retake the city of Mosul.
Arkady set out to document the Iraqi military’s Emergency Response Division who were fighting a common cause across sectarian lines. It was to be a portrait of a new and unified Iraq fighting the good fight against ISIS.
He quickly learned, however, that his heroes were committing horrible acts of torture and murder right before his eyes.
He is currently in hiding with his family after receiving death threats.
‘He’s really on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His family has been dislocated; his father’s in hiding. You know the people who are closest to him don’t necessarily see him as a hero at this moment,’ Kashi tells The Current‘s Anna Maria Tremonti.”
The radio segment can be heard here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/popup/audio/listen.html?autoPlay=true&mediaIds=957834819797