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No One Would Buy My Photos, So Here They Are For Free: Mosul 2017

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Kainoa Little is a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer who spent time in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city. This is what happened when he returned home:

"I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives.
They very rightly expected that I would tell their story.

'If no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless.'


The worst uncertainty for me as a freelancer in conflict isn’t that I won’t be able to pay my rent; it’s that no one will see the story, and then I will have failed to give a voice to the voiceless. So I have tried to share them where I can, and hopefully people can imagine some of the human tragedy and triumph playing out in Mosul."

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Federal Police prepare for battle in the Old City. This machine gunner is organizing his ammo.

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Federal Police enter a theater suspected of containing an explosive device as they try to take control of the block in the Old City.

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Federal Police enter a theater in the Old City. Seconds later, an Islamic State gunman opened fire from the upper rafters.

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Federal Police in the theater.

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Federal Police clear sections of the theater.

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A Federal Policeman takes fire from the other side of a theater. Several bullets impacted the other side of the wall near where he had been looking through a window.

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A Federal Policeman runs across exposed ground on the roof of the theater.

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Federal Police exchange fire with ISIS across the theater.

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Federal Police in the theater in the Old City.

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Federal Police commanders.

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Federal Police commanders.

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Refugees waiting to cross the Tigris River.

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Refugees fleeing Mosul as Iraqi Army humvees go into battle.

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Iraqi Army piloting a drone.

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Refugees escaping fighting.

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Refugees escaping fighting.

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Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers attempts to save a sniper victim.

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Refugees escaping fighting.

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A woman learns from Dave Eubank her son will survive his wound.

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You can find more of Kainoa's work on his website and Instagram. If you’d like to support his work, you can purchase prints of his photos. You can also learn about and support the world of the Free Burma Rangers here.

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