Friday photo: Portraits of Freedom Fighters, Karen State, Burma, by Jason Florio

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(L) KNLA – Karen National Liberation Army freedom fighter and medic who lost his leg after stepping on a landmine (R) young KNLA fighter. Image © Jason Florio, 2012


For 62 years, in the Jungles of Karen State, Burma, the Karen people have been fighting for their very right to exist in what is now considered the worlds longest ongoing conflict…’  Jason Florio, Burma, 2012. Read more here.

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(L) Retired KNLA – Karen National Liberation Army freedom fighter (R)KNLA – Karen National Liberation Army freedom fighter and film-maker. Image © Jason Florio, 2012


See the whole series of portraits of the Karen Liberation Army (KNLA) and civilians at :

RISC Benefit Photo Auction – 1 day left to bid!

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Aperture Gallery – 547 West 27th Street, #4, New York December 3, 2014 – 6:30 PM

One day left to get your bids in!

Jason was very fortunate to be chosen to take part in the inaugural RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues) training course in New York, in 2012, and therefore honored to have one of his ‘Makasutu‘ portraits in the upcoming  RISC Benefit & Silent Auction – which features the work of 46 photographers, a short program by RISC founder Sebastian Junger and Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas. Proceeds from ticket and auction sales will help RISC train and equip more freelance conflict journalists in emergency medical response. Bidding opens today – November 19  – online and ends at the benefit.

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‘Abdou with Rescued Crocodile’ © Jason Florio
As a response to the increasing dangers they face worldwide, RISC trains journalists to treat life-threatening injuries in the field. The RISC Benefit and Silent Auction… . Proceeds from the auction and event will help RISC train and equip more conflict journalists in emergency medical response.’ RISC Auction
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Some of the prints available to bid for at the RISC Auction – courtesy of Paddle8 auctions
Other contributing photographers, to the auction, include: Richard Mosse, Tim Hetherington, Mike Kamber, Brendan Hoffman, Manjari Sharma, Seamus Murphy, Erica Larsen, Roger Ballen
There is a real need for the kind of training that RISC gives to photojournalists – for free – who work in some of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world.  Please help support their cause – either by bidding or sharing about the auction.
 We wish all success, for the final day of the auction tomorrow, to Sebastian Junger and all those involved in  RISC Training.
Many thanks
The Florios – Helen & Jason