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March 3, 2011

Nicole Tung in Eastern Libya: The Front Line

The entrance of Brega where people were getting prepped with weapons and tanks to fight Qaddafi’s attack, though I don’t know where the tanks went.

Eastern Libya, Wednesday, March 2:

I was in Brega at the front line of fighting, but still too far from Qaddafi’s guys to see them. It was intense: RPGs, incoming shells from the Qaddafi side, guns going off in all directions. The rebels weren’t very well armed but were well organized, as Qaddafi’s forces held a portion of the university earlier today, but the rebel fighters took it back by afternoon and proceeded to claim victory over the battle.

The front line: a guy firing his RPG, more opposition pouring in for the fight, and the wounded.

Not sure of the number killed, but I saw six dead in the morgue, all unidentified. Some said two were Qaddafi guys — others said they were from Brega– it was all very confusing. A few of the dead were transported out of the hospital later, presumably to be cleaned and then buried.

–Nicole Tung

PHOTOGRAPHS by NICOLE TUNG

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About the Photographer

Nicole Tung

Nicole Tung (b. 1986) is a freelance photographer born and raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from New York University in 2009 after studying journalism and history and currently freelances for clients including The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Human Rights Watch, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work has also appeared in Vogue (UK), The Telegraph, The Global Post and other international publications. She has traveled to Bosnia and Kosovo to examine post-war reconstruction, the Thai-Burma border, Pakistan, Xinjiang in China, and has most recently covered the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, and continues documenting the Arab uprisings in 2012. Her work has been recognized and awarded by the International Photography Awards, The Maybach Foundation, Women in Photojournalism, the Hearst Foundation, the NYPPA and other organizations. She has been a part of two group exhibitions; one showcasing the documentation of the World Trade Center, and another featuring work from Kashgar with Sombra Projects at the New York Photo Festival 2010. Her work from Libya was part of group slideshows at the Prix Bayeux Photo Festival in France, and the Bursa Photo Festival in Turkey both in October 2011. See more of Nicole's work for BagNews here.

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