A few months ago, I was surprised to learn that the Islamic State had appropriated and altered one of my photos from Gaza (left), turning it into propaganda (right). The inserted Arabic text reads, "Even if war destroys everything, the Islamic sign and state is protected and will never fall down."
It's more than a little upsetting to see a little girl's fear of war twisted into promoting fundamentalist ideas at the heart of so much death and suffering. Even after taking some time to let this act process and sink in, I still don't have the words to fully express my feelings. I pity whomever made the alterations for not seeing the suffering of a child, and I am sad that they so horribly misused my work.