/////Iraq War Photo Exhibit Shows Impact on Public Health
Iraq War Photo Exhibit Shows Impact on Public Health 2018-01-05T09:18:33+00:00

FEB 9, 2007 | Iraq war photojournalist Thorne Anderson appreciates that each photo tells a story and may help people understand what it means to be in the midst of war.

But photos don’t tell the whole story, he said recently at a reception for an exhibit on display at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

The exhibit contains 60 photos by Anderson and three other photojournalists detailing the impact of the war in Iraq on public health. “I want our photos to stimulate you to learn more,” said Anderson, who grew up in Cabot. He said he especially likes that College of Public Health faculty and staff have provided important context for the exhibit with information panels accompanying the photos.

Titled “Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq,” the exhibit is touring the country with stops at other universities, museums and galleries and community centers.

The exhibit opened in the College of Public Health on Jan. 30 and will remain through Feb. 15. 
College of Public Health Dean James M. Raczynski, Ph.D., told the audience of about 75 that the exhibit gives the college the opportunity to learn about public health issues associated with war. 

Raczynski noted that war denies fundamental health-related human rights as defined by the World Health Organization. Civilians in the midst of a war frequently lose access to clean water, safe and nutritious foods, proper sanitation, appropriate health care and housing, and may suffer from physical and emotional trauma and long-term disability. In one example provided by the placards accompanying the photos, a July 2005 United Nations survey found that about 27 percent of all Iraqi children under age 5 were chronically malnourished.

The UAMS College of Public Health is co-sponsoring the exhibit with the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, the event’s primary local sponsor. The coalition is a volunteer-driven central Arkansas nonprofit that promotes nonviolent conflict resolution, policies that enhance social and economic justice, and sustainable environments.

“The coalition has empathy for the Iraqi civilians caught in the middle of this war, and these photographs tell us their remarkable stories – stories that need to be told,” said John Coffin, board chairman of the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice and senior director of planned giving at UAMS.

The exhibit also will be displayed at Philander Smith College in Little Rock in the Library and Technology Center from Feb. 20 to March 9.

The exhibit is free and can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of Feb. 10-11.