The war on drugs across the Philippines continues to be a deadly affair, with nearly half of the country's 12,000 homicides this past year being drug-related. President Rodrigo Duterte's promise to kill those involved in drugs and crime is unfurling in an almost massacre-like fashion, with spouses and parents being ripped from their families left and right.
Ezra Acayan is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Manila whose work primarily focuses on social issues and human rights. Currently, he is working on a documentary reportage on the suffering and abuse experienced by communities under the Philippine government's war on drugs. In 2017, together with a team of Reuters journalists, was awarded a special merit at the Human Rights Press Awards for multimedia reporting on the drug war. This workâ€”along with work by other journalists who cover the drug warâ€”was also exhibited in Geneva during the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines at the United Nations Human Rights Council, and in Sarajevo during the WARM Festival. He has done multimedia work for various outfits such as Reuters, European Pressphoto Agency, Agence France-Presse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, French Society magazine, Rappler, and Rogue. He has also done work for NGOs such as Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Care International, and the French Red Cross. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Vice, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Stern, Paris Match, and more.