After twenty years of civil war, Somalia today is facing one of the worst famines of its history. Thousands have died. Thousands others, most of them children and babies, suffer from severe malnutrition and dehydration. Victims flood hospitals and camps in Mogadishu. In fact, the city itself looks like a giant refugee camp.
I spent 20 days in Mogadishu in August 2011. My goal was to document the everyday life of internally displaced Somalis in these camps but more than anything else, these photographs show how dozens of people -- at least half of them being children -- starve to death every single day in the country’s capital.
And yet, those who make it to Mogadishu are the fortunate ones. Many more others live in regions controlled by al-Shabab, the Islamist insurgents, who impose draconian restrictions to aid delivery and move starving families back into famine zones they had fled. Mogadishu is far from being a safe haven. Camps and hospitals, where foreign aid workers continue to provide medial care, are at permanent risk of being attacked.
Somalia may seem very far away. But what is happening there -- and the death of a single child in itself -- shakes the human conscience. As drought worsens, the United Nations say some 750.000 people are at risk of death in the coming months
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willperrett (10609) 2012-04-29 3:56
It's so hard to know what to say about this photograph. Obviously it's heartbreaking, and you are using your camera in the most serious way possible: to bear witness to human suffering. Yet in its way it's also beautiful: rich, powerful colours and strong composition. The child's expression is lovely and shocking in equal measure. A justifiably disturbing image. I hope your note is read by all members, and acted upon.
Juzo (4199) 2012-05-03 1:40
A poignant and important piece of photojournalism, wish we saw more here. Forgive me not giving any smiley faces or points, I cannot, not because this is not a great image, but a gesture towards this suffering. Many thoughts with the people of Somalia. Well done indeed to present this, I applaud you.
ubrodi (50) 2012-09-04 3:28
we read every day in the newspapers, how many people died in this country or are hungry in a other country and we read this day, next day, and so ...
But pictures like this let us remeber that this are not only numbers - every child is a own story and doom.
To the photo: very light (background dark, stars in the eyes of the child). Also a good sharpness for this quality of light, but without the pink paper and the lightgreen anything in the background may be it looks a little bit better?
Sonata11 (33795) 2013-01-02 19:00
it is sooooo sad to look at these a little childern to suffer and starve to death. In this big beautiful eyes we can see so much sadness. Thank for posted this documentary picture with very informative note. Thank you so much
All the best,