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Charnkurt Yaoyuenyong
Roadside Memorials

Roadside memorials are a kind of objects we often see along the road. They serve to commemorate a site where a person died in a car accident. Roadside memorials in Basra, however, have a different purpose. They are not installed at a site of car accidents for the victims. Instead, they are dedicated to fathers, sons, and grandsons — the brave men of Basra who lost their lives in the country’s many conflicts, the most recent one being the battle against ISIS. These memorials also serve as a somber reminder for the human cost of war.

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Charnkurt Yaoyuenyong is a photographer based in Bangkok. He picked up a camera in 2012 and has since been developing the photographic craft on his free time from work. The act of photographing has become a therapeutic process that helps him to better understand his inner voice.