FEATURE OF THE WEEK: "Aan Het Front Van Sirte" by Jeroen Oerlemans (RIP)

October 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This week's feature is the bearer of sad news. On 2 October, Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans was covering the fighting in the Libyan city of Sirte between UN-backed government forces and Daesh (IS) militants when he was shot three times in the chest by a Daesh sniper. Despite being rushed to hospital, the doctors were unable to revive Jeroen.

Jeroen was an experienced conflict and disaster-zone photojournalist, having worked previously, among others, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and having been held captive by Daesh in Syria for a week back in 2012, before being freed by elements of the Free Syrian Army.

 

 

His images were one of the few reminders of the conflict still engulfing Libya, and his death comes as a painful reminder of the gargantuan risks some photographers and film-makers take to produce the news. I have the utmost respect for people like Jeroen that take these risks to take photos and make film, and show the world the truth, and his death deeply saddens me.

My thoughts are with his family, his girlfriend, and his three children that survive him. Below are a few select shots taken by Jeroen over the past few months in Libya. You can view more of his work, entitled "Aan het front van Sirte" ("On the front at Sirte") that was published by the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant.

Rest In Peace, Jeroen Oerlemans.

 


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