NYT Photographer Loses Feet to Land Mine

On Saturday, a photojournalist on contract with The New York Times named Joao Silva lost both of his feet after he stepped on a land mine while shooting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Silva started in South Africa as a member of the “Bang Bang Club”—a group of photographers whose other members included Ken Oosterbrook, who was shot dead in 1994, and Kevin Carter, who killed himself after winning a Pulitzer for his photo of a starving Sudanese child. Foreign Policy points out that the U.S. has refused to sign the land mine ban, citing their necessity in maintaining mine fields along the Korean border.