Kosovar refugee, 2-year-old Agim Shala, passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents.

Kosovar refugee, 2-year-old Agim Shala, was passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The photo was taken on March 3, 1999.


The image of a Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, aged two at the time of the photograph, was shot by Carol Guzy. The image shows the two year old being passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of his grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The members of the Shala family were reunited here after fleeing the conflict in Kosovo. The photograph formed a part of The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning entry in the year 2000, as it focussed on essaying the truth about the plight of Kosovo refugees during the Yugoslavia war. Award winning photojournalist Carol Guzy has been repetitively lauded for the photograph.

Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy
Photo Credits: The Washington Post

The Yugoslavia conflict came closely at the heels of the Second World War and took place smack centre in the Cold War, and was a difficult time for the civilians on ground, as war crimes were rampant. Against this backdrop, the many untold sufferings during the conflict came out only with photography – until much later, when stories were documented.

In this photograph, Carol captured the determination of the parents to let their child have a better future and essayed effortlessly the extent that they were willing to go, in order to make that happen. It is not known whether the child survived or not.

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