Afghan war victim to talk about career

A PHOTOGRAPHER who lost both his legs and his left arm while working in Afghanistan will be in town tomorrow (Saturday) to talk about his career.

Giles Duley, 42, sustained life-changing injuries after stepping on a landmine while in the Kandahar region of the war-torn country on February 7, 2011. He was working with US troops as a freelancer, covering the plight of bomb victims.

The one-hour film, Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline, which aired on Channel 4 last year, will be shown at the Electric Palace from 8pm tomorrow. Giles will introduce the film and after it ends, take part in a Q&A session.

The event is to raise money for the Mines Advisory Group, which supports victims of landmines.

The first 10 minutes of the documentary shows footage of Giles’ dramatic helicopter rescue by the US military and the work of the US Medevac team as they battled to save his life while in the air following his accident. In the film he is also reunited with two members of the team in a bar in Chicago in powerful emotional scenes.

He returned to Afghanistan in November 2012, visiting two hospitals for amputees in Kabul, which is also featured in tomorrow’s film. While out there he was shocked over the apparent lack of sufficient medical care provided for Afghan civilians injured by mines.

During his visit to Afghanistan the photographer watched local medics undertaking life-saving operations and was moved when he met patients as young as eight who have sustained similar injuries to his.

Giles relocated from London to Hastings more than a decade ago, having spent his early career flying from one exotic location to the next as a fashion photographer. Having learned his craft he made the transition to hard-hitting reportage embarking on secretive road trips to some of the most afflicted war zones in the world. Tickets are £7. Ring 01424 720393 or visit Half of ticket sales will go to the Mines Advisory Group.