Anja Niedringhaus took this stunning picture of Palestinian schoolgirls enjoying a ride at an amusement park outside Gaza City in March 2006.
She was an Associated Press photographer for over 25 years, documenting from conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and beyond.
Amidst death and danger, she maintained a clear eye and warm heart for humanity and the lives of the ordinary people that she cared about deeply.
In April 2014, Anja was shot and killed by a police officer in Afghanistan, leaving behind a body of work that won awards and broke hearts.
On the AP website, I read the words “Anja Niedringhaus faced down some of the world's greatest dangers and had one of the world's loudest and most infectious laughs.”
I like that.
Thank you, Anja- may you rest in peace and loud laughter.
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