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Mohamed Amin, Veteran Photographer, Dies in Plane Crash

November 24, 1996

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Mohamed Amin, the cameraman who helped alert the world about the 1991 famine in Ethiopia, died in the crash of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane in the Comoros Islands, the airline said Sunday. He was 53.

Amin, who photographed and filmed both the pain and glory of Africa over three decades, was returning to his home in Nairobi from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, with colleague Brian Tetley, who often wrote the text for Amin’s photo books.

Tetley, 61, a veteran journalist who for many years wrote an acerbic, witty column for the East African Standard newspaper, also died in the crash Saturday.

Amin’s images of the victims of the Ethiopian famine were picked up by an American network and later broadcast worldwide, resulting in an outpouring of attention and food aid. The famine killed an estimated 1 million people.

During the late 1970s and 1980s, Amin did occasional assignments for The Associated Press.

Known to friends and colleagues as ``Mo,″ Amin was the chief executive officer of the London-based Camerapix Publishers International.

Colleagues Andrew Njoroge and Keith Hulse said Amin and Tetley were a great journalistic team.

``Mo would come with the pictures, and Brian would do the story,″ Njoroge said. ``It was good they were together.″

Amin lost an arm in 1991 in the explosion of an ammunitions dump during the Ethiopian civil war, but he continued to film and take pictures.

He is survived by his wife, Dolly, and son, Salim, who also works for Camerapix.

Tetley is survived by a wife and several children.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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