“While I enjoy covering news stories – from business to politics to sports – what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story.” – Danish Siddiqui
Winner of 2018 Pulitzer award for feature photography for capturing Rohingya refugee crisis, Danish Siddiqui was killed in Afghanistan while covering clash between Afghanistan forces and Taliban. The 38 years old journalist was on an assignment and was sent as an embedded journalist for covering war between Taliban and Afghanistan forces that is taking place due to withdrawal of US forces.
Siddiqui was graduate from Jamia Milia Islamia and used to head the national Reuters multimedia team. Some of his commendable work include images of Delhi riots 2020, the first lockdown and migrant crisis, the second wave of covid pandemic, an overhead drone shot of hundreds of pyres burning, Rohingya refugees crossing Bay of Bengal, Gunman at the anti CAA protest site and other violence at the site, farmer protests, Hong Kong protests, Iraq crisis, Nepal earthquakes etc.
Afghanistan claims that it was Taliban that killed him and mutilated his body after discovering his nationality and identity and also added that Taliban hates Indians. Taliban refused all the claims and stated that they are not responsible for death of the Indian photojournalist and it cannot be confirmed exactly who is responsible for his death as the firing was going on from both the sides and they were not informed about his presence.
Siddiqui was laid to rest at Alma Mater Jamia Milia Islamia. Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani used Twitter to extend condolences to his family and also called to Danish’s father personally to convey his condolences to his family and friends. Hundreds of people gathered to bid goodbye for the last time to the photojournalist.
Rest easy brave heart!