U.S. Photo Journalist, David Gilkey and a U.S. Translator, were today, Monday 6 June killed in an ambush in Afghanistan.

According to National Public Radio, the veteran photo Journalist was traveling with the Afghan army when their vehicle was hit by a shell, killing him, the translator and the driver of the vehicle, who was an Afghan soldier.

Two other members of the National Public Radio in the vehicle were not killed.

David Gilkey who is known for his ability to chronicle the pain and beauty in war is the first U.S. Journalist outside the military to be killed in the conflict in Afghanistan.

With numerous Awards from George Polk award to Documentary Emmy Award, David was one of the world’s best photo Journalist.

Apart from the Afghanistan war, he covered apartheid in South Africa, earthquake in Haiti, famine in Somalia, Ebola in Liberia amongst others.

His work has been described thus: “In war, he found beauty and humanity”.

Author: Ope Adedeji