Khalid Hadi was 11 when he became the photographer for a Kandahar-based Islamic relief foundation. The organization provided financial support to mujahedin warriors and civilians wounded in the Afghan-Soviet war or by the factional fighting that followed. Using a wooden box camera, Hadi documented the injuries of 10,000 aid recipients from 1992 to 1994 -- including future Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. In April 2021, Vienna-based Fraglich Publishing released a small fraction of Hadi’s Afghan box camera work in a book titled Disasters Of War: Portraits By Khalid Hadi.
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