Dana Omar Ali was only 6 years old (Born 1982) in 1988. He lived in Halabja, a city in Iraq, close to the boarder of Iran. Saddam Hussein was the totalitarian Dictator who ruled the country. In 1988, he ordered a chemical attack on Halabja. Dana Omar Ali survived. He became a university educated teacher. Since the attack, he had developed a small 'cough' but did not think it was anything serious. 4 years ago (as of June 2016), his lung capacity collapsed and he was now destined to stay in bed needing a breathing machine to survive. I recently was informed that Dana Omar died on May 1st. 2017 at the age of 35. This is image is part of a study about the 'cultural of violence' that has been going on in the middle east for many years.
I am a Norwegian, Swiss based photojournalist working with a number of organizations and I am a partener photographer to Keystone Photography Agency, Zurich, Switzerland. I also run a variety of workshops on photography and story telling in addition too teach photojournalism at Webster University.