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Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Photographer
Rebecca Conway
Aftermath, Nepal
Gomma Photography Grant 2022 Finalists

Gomma Photography Grant 2022

Aftermath, Nepal

Photographer

Rebecca Conway

Aftermath, Nepal

11 Jan, 2023

Along South Asia’s disputed borders and in its restive districts, civil conflict has a devastating and lasting impact on mental health. In 2015 I began documenting civilian trauma and PTSD in Indian-administered Kashmir, the focus of a separatist insurgency for almost three decades and one of the most militarised places on the planet. This work from Kashmir now underpins a regional project documenting trauma and PTSD following often-underreported civil conflict and insurgency across South Asia. This new project documents civilian trauma in communities in two districts in central Nepal, where the scars of the ten-year Maoist insurgency and conflict against government forces remain, examining the reasons behind such high levels of trauma, and approaches to mental health treatment. Documenting the work of medical professionals and a wider reliance on religion will show how communities try to rebuild, in villages where former fighters and supporters from both sides of the conflict live alongside one another. Testimony, landscape imagery and ephemera from the conflict will build context, while experiences of relatives of those who remain missing, and portraits of those left behind, will show how past conflict remains present.

About the photographer

Rebecca Conway

I moved to Pakistan at 24 while following the Silk Route through Asia, drawn to the hope around what was billed as the country's first democratic elections in 2008 and to covering issues stemming from the conflict in Afghanistan. I spent the next six years there, freelancing and travelling independently to remote and often restive locations to tell underreported stories in these areas.This is where I first focused on mental health and the emotional toll of conflict, reporting on the experiences of Afghan refugees and Pakistani citizens displaced or affected by fighting in the tribal area bordering the two countries. Since 2015 I have been documenting civilian trauma in the Indian-administered Kashmir Valley. This work was carried out independently during my time working as a South Asia photo editor for Agence France-Presse (2013-2018), and is ongoing. This work has been recognised by the Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award, the Biennial Grant, the Festival of Ethical Photography’s World Report Master Award, the Julia Margaret Cameron Award and the IWMF’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. A self-taught photographer, I began freelancing in 2018, and am based in New Delhi, India. A partial list of clients includes Reuters, The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Getty Images, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph and The New York Times.