Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright,

ID number P04237.004
Collection Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original negative 35mm
Photographer Gittoes, George
Place made Iraq: Baghdad
Date made 27 October 2003
Copyright holder Gittoes & Dalton Productions Pty Ltd
Copying provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use


The bombed site of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baghdad, following the car-bomb attack of 27 October 2003. American soldiers and civilians examine the rubble; to the left, a digger is being used to sort through the debris. The Red Cross emblem is visible on a banner in a wall in the centre of the picture. The attack represented the first time a suicide bomber had struck the international aid agency in its 140-year history. Australian artist George Gittoes had been on his way to the building to pick up a satellite phone when the blast occurred. He said of the attack that, 'it was the day humanitarianism became a target - absolute ground zero for the human spirit'.