Kimberly Dela Cruz
An independent photographer and journalist based in the Philippines. While studying Journalism, she started photographing student protests and later joined Philippine Daily Inquirer, a local broadsheet, as a photo correspondent. Dela Cruz left the paper in 2017 to pursue other projects and freelance for different publications. In 2018, she became a fellow for the International Women’s Media Foundation and was sent to cover migration, LGBTQI and women’s issues in El Salvador. She has been covering the war on drugs since July 2016 in the Philippines and co-produced “Si Kian”, a children’s book on the murder of Kian Delos Santos that won a National Children’s Book Award. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Time, Al Jazeera, Buzzfeed News, The Irish Times, Nikkei Asian Review, Philippine Daily Inquirer and in exhibits across the globe.
Death of a Nation
Thousands of people were killed in the Philippines due to Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. They were murdered inside their homes, in the street, in dark alleyways while some were abducted and later found dead, dumped on the side of the road with their faces covered in masking tape, all for the world to see.
Kimberly dela Cruz (www.kimberlydelacruz.com), a photojournalist based in Manila documented the crime scenes and its aftermath, exploring grief and impunity in the country.