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Giles Duley: Why I had to go back

Matthew Bannister catches up with photographer Giles Duley, who lost three limbs while on assignment in Afghanistan. He has returned to the country to photograph other amputees.

The British photographer Giles Duley is lucky to be alive, in 2011 he was taking pictures of American soldiers in Afghanistan, when he stepped on a landmine. He lost both his legs and one of his arms. But Giles made a remarkable recovery and, just last year, he returned to the place where he was injured. Giles Duley says he was inspired by the work of Gino Strada, an Italian surgeon who has devoted his whole life to treating people wounded by conflict. Gino told Matthew Bannister about the hospital he is currently running in Sudan.

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Picture: Giles Duley (R) visits a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan.

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Dr Gino Strada

Dr Gino Strada

The Italian surgeon who has devoted most of his life to treating people wounded by conflict.