Photographer of the Year - Human Rights: Paula Bronstein
Afghan National Army soldier Nor Lai , 20, recovers from shrapnel wounds to his face at the ANA Military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. An IED hit his vehicle while he and other soldiers were on patrol in Helmand, killing one and injuring seven.
This photo essay takes a look at some of the victims of the war in Afghanistan, including both civilians and soldiers who are injured from insurgent and foreign military action. The number of Afghan civilians being killed has led to mounting tension, while more brazen suicide attacks and IED blasts are taking place in densely populated areas. Caring for the wounded, and making sure they are cared for in the years to come, presents a number of human rights challenges that will stay with Afghanistan well into the future.