Danish Siddiqui: A photojournalist who lost his life in Afghanistan

“While I enjoy covering news stories – from business to politics to sports – what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story.”

Danish Siddiqui was born on 19th May 1983 back in New Delhi and then went on to pursue his post-graduation in Mass Communication at A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia. He was married to Rike(german nationalist) and had two children.

He had covered a plethora of stories and events after joining Reuters in 2010. Some of his exemplary work include the Battle of Mosul, the Rohingya Refugee Crisis and the Delhi riots of 2020. Not to forget the ‘one picture’ that shook the entire world of the mass cremation in India. His work had life and meaning in them. And to a great extent, this was what he had hoped for.

“I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can’t be present himself.”

His heart and mind were always set on his mission and thus helped him achieve his objective.

He served as an embedded journalist with Afghan Special Forces to document the Taliban offensive in 2021. This was supposedly his last mission as he was killed while on the assignment covering the conflict between Afghan and Taliban when he was ambushed near the border of Pakistan. It is unclear about the death of others present.

In 2018 he was the first Indian to with the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography alongside Adan Abidi and few others. They were credited for their work in documenting the violence faced by Myanmar’s Rohingya community.

Categories: News