Photojournalist whose work captured the migrant experience killed in terror attack

Leila Alaoui. (Facebook)

A French-Moroccan photojournalist was killed in an Al Qaeda-affiliated terror attack in Burkina Faso on Monday night, according to French authorities. Thirty-three year-old Leila Alaoui mixed artistic and documentary styles in her photography, which focused primarily on migration and cultural identity, according to The New York Times. Her photos have been shown at exhibitions and galleries in Paris, Morocco, New York, Argentina, and throughout Europe, and have appeared in The New York Times and Vogue.

“She was fighting to give life to those forgotten by society, to homeless people, to migrants, deploying one weapon: photography,” Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and Jack Lang, a former French minister of culture who is now president of the Institut du Monde Arabe, said in a statement.

Alaoui was one of at least 30 people who were killed when three gunman opened fire at a hotel and café in the town of Ouagadougou, which the Times described as a “sleepy city” where locals and foreigners meet for coffee on a road nicknamed the Champs-Elysees.


Read the full story in The New York Times.


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