Afghan bomb victim to speak at Derry event

Giles Duley.
Giles Duley.

A photographer who lost both legs and an arm when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while working in Afghanistan will be in Derry next week to tell his story.

Giles Duley will talk at the ‘Chair of Illumination’ event hosted by the city’s Garden of Reflection project on Wednesday, February 12 at 11am.

He will address the theme of ‘Becoming the Story and Moving Beyond the Hurt’.

Giles Duley has worked with well respected charities such as Medecins Sans Frontiers, IOM and UNHCR.

In 2011, while on patrol with 75th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army, in Afghanistan, Duley stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). He was severely injured, losing both legs and an arm. He is now back working.

Gerard Deane, Garden of Reflection Programme Co-ordinator, says: “We are particularly excited to welcome Giles to the city. His story is one that we can all be inspired by.

“The strength that he has shown to document the stories of others, to bring ‘illumination’ to challenging issues, is something from which we can all learn.”

The Chair of Illumination session will take place in the Holywell-DiverseCity Community Partnership, 8-14 Bishop Street.

The session is free and open for all to attend.