Twitter Remembers Anja Niedringhaus


Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan today in a targeted attack.

Niedringhaus was shot in the head by an Afghan police officer while covering preparation for an upcoming election. AP reporter Kathy Gannon was also shot, but survived the attack.

The gunman opened fire when the journalists arrived at a police headquarters in the Khost province. Both had extensive experience reporting from conflicted parts of the world.

Anja Niedringhaus won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for her work covering the war in Iraq.

Twitter remembered the brave photojournalist who gave her life on behalf of the profession. Some of Anja Niedringhaus’ amazing work was shared in abundance Friday morning by those honoring her sacrifice.

Niedringhaus earned the Pulitzer Prize for shots like this, taken during the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. Fallujah was not a nice place to be 10 years ago.

Niedringhaus took this photo shortly after Marine Cpl. Burness Britt was wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. The photographer held Britt’s hand as he bleed from a neck wound during medivac. She later established consistent contact with the wounded warrior during his long recovery.

In this region of the world everything resembles a discarded mortar shell.

Anja Niedringhaus’ work shows how ground troops blend with Afghan culture.

Santa Claus is coming to town. Even for troops on a deployment.

Not a great idea to point toy guns in a war torn region. Just saying kid.

Anja Niedringhaus was the 32nd AP journalist to lose their life.

Journalists everywhere pay respect to her bravery and dedication to the profession.

[Image Credit: Aleksa Torri]


Pete Myers

Pete Myers is a father, writer and small business owner who lives in Des Moines. Pete is an advocate for veterans groups that seek to improve awareness of PTSD and reduce suicide rates among returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. In his spare time he lives, breathes and eats sports.

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