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Poverty in Africa: In Their Own Words

Hi all, I recently returned from africa where i worked on a project about poverty.  the piece was orginally supposed to run in conjunction with the G8 last weekend, but with the terror attacks in London space quickly was dirverted and so the story went unpublished.  Regardless, the pople who I spoke with where eloquent and wanting to be heard, so at the very least I posted it on my website.  In general, I find that much too often missing are the voices of Africans in the dialogue about their situation. For example, it was only after critisim that Sir Bob decided that he might want to also have a concert in Africa as well—many of my musician friends in Nairobi where pertty pissed off that their continent was such an afterthought, and even with the concert in South Africa what about the rest of it?  Africa has so many languages and cultures that having one concert at the bottom of the continent would be like having a concert in Calabria to represent all of Europe.  Insulting and clueless to say the least……So, in an effort to include africans in the dialogue that’s supposed to be for their benifit I conducted many interviews to hear waht they had to say about their own situation and try to get their voices out there.

If anyone’s interested in hearing what they have to say, here’s the address:


by [a former member] at 2005-07-14 09:21:21 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) rome , Italy | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Great work….the medium is the message. Rock stars. MTV, the process was an self-serving publicity vehicle of those who have voices, and as you say, little attempt was made to give a voice to those who have none. Thanks for doing that.

Certainly you are a person who considers the effects of your photos on others.

by [former member] | 14 Jul 2005 17:07 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
Great work Jack

by Hotel | 29 Aug 2005 11:08 | Johannesburg, South Africa | | Report spam→
This is the reason why i love photography. Thanx for the real story behind the real people.

by Ty Walter | 29 Aug 2005 19:08 | Orlando, Florida, United States | | Report spam→
good effort in bringing back THEIR words, I tried to do a similar thing in Eritrea in may with sudanese refugees and soldiers on the border around the Tesseney area of Gash barka….needless to say that no newspaper was interested in these kind of stories, in some photo editors’ word "these are too desperate stories for readers" …..  I’m becoming desperate myself, not knowing whether to shoot myself or the photoeditor… :)

by mauro bottaro | 02 Sep 2005 06:09 | milan, Italy | | Report spam→

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