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Younes Khani

Faces of Humanity Series

Younes Khani

Judges Choice

Younes Khani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1987. Since 2004, he has been photographing for various agencies and newspapers in Iran, and in 2006 he was employed by the semi-official Mehr News Agency until 2015 and since 2016 as a freelancer.

He has been active in the coverage of social events in Iran, especially the situation of women and children and human rights in the country. Khani’s works have been published in some international news agencies, including AP, The Guardian, Washington Times, AFP, and EPA and time.

Exhibitions and Awards:
LensCulture HOME '21 International Photo Prize 1st Place
LensCulture Black & White Photography Awards 2020
received a place in HM UNICEF photograph contest in 2013
Shortlist Alfred Fried Photography Award Medail 2017
Finalist in Siena Photography Award 2017- SIPA Photo Contest
2nd place. Special prize "For humanitarian photography" by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Winner of 11th International Photojournalism Festival Vilnius-lithuania PHOTO Circle of life 2017
2017 -Angels burned Selected lugano Photo Contest Reportage 2017-Angels burned
The 2018 CIWEM Environmental Photography of the Year -Built Environment Prize 2018 , And Life Rises by Younes Khani Someeh Soflaei (Iran, 2017)

Angels Burned

Iran, Kerman, Bam

2013 - 2017

Somayeh Mehry (30) and Rana Afghanipour (4) are a mother and daughter living in a village called Hemet Abad located in Bam, a city in the south of Iran. They were attacked with acid by Somayeh's husband Amir. Samayeh was beaten up ten times by her husband and imprisoned in a room. Finally, she asked her husband for a divorce because of his violent behavior. Amir, Somayeh's husband, threatened his wife and said that if she files for divorce, he would ruin her life, destroy her life, and stop her from stepping outside her house ever again.

One night in June 2011, he poured acid on Somayeh and Rana as they slept. Somayeh's and Rana's faces, hands, and, in places, their bodies were severely burned. Somayeh was blinded, and Rana lost one of her eyes. Somayeh and her two daughters, Rana, 4, and Nazanin, 7, have been living in her father's house since the acid-throwing incident. Somayeh's father, to provide his daughter's medical expenses, sold his farm. Somayeh and Rana have not left their home for two years. They leave home only for the treatment of their faces. Every month, they travel 1300 kilometers from their home in Bam located in the south of Iran to Tehran for medical treatment.

Somayeh is suffering from depression. Somayeh's dream is to see that Rana is treated completely so that she can go to school just like the rest of the girls her age. Around 98% of all acid-throwing victims are women and girls, 90% of all acid-throwing incidents are because of emotional and love-related situations, and 10% of them are a result of taking revenge by men. According to the statistics, the highest number of acid-throwing incidents happens in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and Cambodia.

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