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- 11/05/2011 – 7:11 PM
- Posted in Awards / Competitions, Children, India, NGOs, Personal, PGB, Photography, Social
- Tagged bhopal, chemical, Children, condition, defect, documentary, dow, Environment, family, future, grant, health, impact, medical, pollution, poverty, prize, reportage, story, subject, union carbide
- 06/04/2010 – 10:56 AM
- Posted in Anniversary, Children, Development, Environment, India, Journalism, MultiMedia, NGOs, Online Portfolio, Photography, Social
- Tagged 2009, alex, Anniversary, asia, bhopal, bhopal medical appeal, case, chemical, Children, court, Development, disaster, documentary, dow, Environment, image, images, madhya pradesh, mp, MultiMedia, open, photographer, Photography, photojournalism, photojournalist, pollution, reportage, series, story, union carbide
To support the call for justice in Bhopal, visit the Bhopal Medical Appeal’s website.
The children of Bhopal can be helped by donating not just money for their care and the organisation’s long-term action, but by sending all sort of educational material like books, pens, music players, toys and more. Anything you think might help in filling a child’s life with love and fun is welcome.
44 Sant Kanwar Ram Nagar
462018 Madhya Pradesh
Telephone: +91 755 274 7500
From inside India: 0755 274 7500
Email: Chingati Trust
Visit their website to find out more: Chingari Trust
You can contact me if you have any specific question or if you would like to reach a particular family or child.
- 11/03/2010 – 11:00 AM
- Posted in Afghanistan, Assignments, Children, Conflict, Development, IDP, Journalism, Landscape, New Story, Online Portfolio, Photography, Refugees, Social
- Tagged 2010, Afghanistan, alex, ancient, asia, assignment, Bamiyan, Bamyan, Buddha, cave, caves, central, Children, Development, displaced, documentary, giant, Hazara, Hazaras, heritage, Hindu Kush, IDPs, inhabitants, Internally, Journalism, London, masi, mountain, mountains, people, person, persons, photographer, Photography, photojournalism, photojournalist, picture, pictures, range, refugee, Refugees, regime, reportage, series, statue, story, Talib, Taliban, UK, UNESCO
The cave dwellers of Bamyan are among the poorest people in Afghanistan – their livelihoods destroyed by the same Taliban fighters who blew up the giant Buddha statues in 2001, in an attempt to obliterate the remnants of an ancient, non-Islamic civilization. Most of them are Hazaras – a minority group constituting about 15% of Afghanistan’s population. In Bamyan they constitute the vast majority of the population.
The town, located 240 km north-west of Kabul, in central Afghanistan, is their cultural capital. Little is known of their origins, but they are believed to be the descendants of Genghis Khan‘s troops which invaded the region in the early 13th century. Their features are Mongolian – flat noses, broad faces and almond-shaped eyes – and they are Shia Muslims, as opposed to the other Afghans who are for the most part Sunnis.
Life in the caves, dug by Buddhist monks some 1500 years ago, is tough and the over 200 families face numerous hardships such as collecting drinking water, finding firewood to warm up, securing employment and food, or attending school in the case of children. The cave dwellers are mostly returnees who fled the persecutions inflicted by the Taliban between 1997 and 2001, when their regime fell following a US military intervention, to find their homes torn apart.
The Buddhas of Bamyan were two 6th century monumental standing statues (55m and 37m) carved into the side of a cliff, the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world. It is now a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2003.
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- 10/03/2010 – 11:30 AM
- Posted in Anniversary, Awards / Competitions, Children, Days Japan, Development, Environment, India, Japan, Journalism, NGOs, Online Portfolio, Photography, Social
- Tagged 2010, alex, Anniversary, asia, award, bhopal, bhopal medical appeal, chemical, Children, competition, Development, documentary, dow, Environment, image, images, India, Journalism, madhya pradesh, masi, mp, open, photographer, Photography, photojournalism, photojournalist, picture, pictures, pollution, reportage, series, story, union carbide
The series ‘Open Wounds’: Bhopal 1984-2009 wins a Special Prize by Jury at the Days Japan International Photojournalist Awards 2010.
- 04/03/2010 – 1:00 PM
- Posted in Awards / Competitions, Children, Development, Environment, India, Journalism, Personal, PGB, Photography, Social, Sweden
- Tagged 2010, alex, asia, award, awards, bhopal, chemical, Children, competition, Development, disaster, documentary, dow, Environment, image, images, India, madhya pradesh, masi, mp, PGB, photographer, Photography, photojournalism, photojournalist, picture, pictures, pollution, reportage, series, story, Sweden, the photographers giving back, union carbide