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Paula Bronstein's Afghan self-immolation story

Paula Bronstein recently did a great story on Afghan woman who are chosing self-immolation as a way out of their lives. We struggled for several days on where and how to publish it.

We’ve placed it in MSNBC.com’s ‘The Week in Pictures’. You can click through the entire slideshow or go directly to slide #6 and view and listen to Paula’s story.

It’s a terribly important story that we couldn’t find a home for. We looked at her pictures this week and considered one of them for ‘The Week in Pictures’, but frankly one picture seemed way to out of context. So, we called Paula and she did a short audio report that we syncronized with several of her pictures. You can see MSNBC.com’s ‘The Week in Pictures’ here… http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3842331/

Solid work Paula. I’m very happy that we found a home for this story.

- Robert Hood
MSNBC.com

by Robert Hood at 2006-11-23 23:24:24 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Seattle, Washington , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

23 Nov 2006 00:11
o, christ……………………….

and, o god, no words……..

thank you for having the bravery Robert for posting Paula’s brave and powerful essay and for posting and for paula in the face of such horror, let us hope it receives a wide reader/viewership….i hope that any proceeds go to helping these lost and suffering women…..

i need to walk away for a few hours….

those poor, fragile, broken women…..

how profoundly we have failed them, how profoundly we have failed……

bob

by [former member] | 23 Nov 2006 23:11 (ed. Nov 23 2006) | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
Thank you Robert and Paula very moving.

by adam wiseman | 23 Nov 2006 23:11 | mexico city, Mexico | | Report spam→
well done Robert, you did the right thing and I think the solution is very apt. Paula, well what can I say? Powerful, just broke my heart.

by Jon Anderson | 24 Nov 2006 00:11 | Sonador, p'al monte me voy!, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Very good work, Paula. A terrifying story to view. Thank you for putting their world into context for me. What is the name of the hospital for the burn victims that is still under construction? Can people make donations? Good on you Robert for choosing to run the story and doing the voice-overlay.

by Heather Faulkner | 24 Nov 2006 01:11 | Brisbane, Australia | | Report spam→
The images are incredible. Wow.

by Bill Putnam | 24 Nov 2006 07:11 | Portland, Oregon, United States | | Report spam→
Well, done guys. I only wish the story could have been on the front of every daily, mag and website around the world, but then, I’m not an editor. Again, well done both of you.

by Morgan Hagar | 24 Nov 2006 16:11 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Horrific. What else is there to say, except that hopefully the subject will be dealt with in greater depth later on. I was left with a lot of questions about these women, and the idea that as horrific as their lives must have been, even their attempts to kill themselves in protest failed, leaving them in umimaginable pain.

by [former member] | 24 Nov 2006 21:11 | Chocolate City, United States | | Report spam→
Andy,

AINA did a still piece on the subject a while back, but it is far from as powerful as this (I think you can find
a few pics on their DRR site).

A woman from AINA also did a video on this. I believe it is on the “Afghanistan unveilled” DVD if anyone as seen it.
I can check with them if it’s OK to rip and pass it along.
Lemme know…

by Olivier Boulot | 25 Nov 2006 07:11 (ed. Nov 25 2006) | Paris, France | | Report spam→
That stories like this keep being done and published. Thank you for reminding us what are we here for.

by Jennifer Cabral | 25 Nov 2006 14:11 | New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Paula-

Incredibly powerful work on a very tragic story. It is heartbreaking to even begin to contemplate what these women have endured. Well done on your behalf and your editor’s for putting the story out there.

Sharon

by Sharon Abbady | 25 Nov 2006 18:11 | Miami, FL, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Paula

Great story!! emotionnally powerfull, and it deserves more attention from mags editor and more, world press photo? thanks for such good story anyway.

Vincent

by Vincent Gautier | 25 Nov 2006 21:11 | vientiane, Laos | | Report spam→
robert,

i tried the link you posted. it brought me to the msnbc multimedia front page, but i can’t seem to find paula’s pics. could you please re-send the link. would love to see the story.

thanks, ninfa

by Ninfa Bito | 27 Nov 2006 00:11 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Follow the link provided, open the slide show, go to slide #6

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3842331/

by Olivier Boulot | 27 Nov 2006 02:11 | Paris, France | | Report spam→

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Participants

Robert Hood, Director of Multimedia Robert Hood
Director of Multimedia
(it's about faces)
Seattle, Washington , United States ( SEA )
adam wiseman, photographer adam wiseman
photographer
Mexico Df , Mexico
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Heather Faulkner, doc. photographer/lecture Heather Faulkner
doc. photographer/lecture
(Photojournalist)
Brisbane , Australia
Bill Putnam, Producer. Bill Putnam
Producer.
(Video-Photo)
Washington, D.C. , United States
Morgan Hagar, Documentary Photographer Morgan Hagar
Documentary Photographer
Los Angeles, Ca , United States
Olivier Boulot, Photog Olivier Boulot
Photog
Paris , France ( CDG )
Jennifer Cabral, Independent Photographer Jennifer Cabral
Independent Photographer
New Jersey , United States
Sharon Abbady, Sharon Abbady
Miami, Fl , United States
Vincent Gautier, photo journalist video jo Vincent Gautier
photo journalist video jo
Vientiane , Laos
Ninfa Bito, Ninfa Bito
Manila , Philippines


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