Today PAX presents the photo report Collateral: the human costs of explosive violence in Ukraine. The report contains a collection of moving stories and pictures of citizens that were affected by the use of explosive weapons in Ukraine, through the lens of independent photographer Dirk-Jan Visser.
Every day, in a range of different contexts around the world, the use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes immense harm to civilians. Their use in towns and cities in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, amongst others, has resulted in countless civilian casualties, widespread displacement and the destruction of vital infrastructure upon which civilians depend. Too often, civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian homes and livelihoods are generally accepted as 'collateral damage' – a sad but inevitable side effect of war. The joined OCHA and PAX publication 'Collateral; the human cost of explosive violence in Ukraine' shows the individual stories of people that were affected by explosive weapons in Ukraine on both sides of the frontline through the lens of independent photographer Dirk-Jan Visser.
Download the report Collateral - The human cost of explosive violence in Ukraine (pdf, 6mb)
PAX calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Read more.