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Children of the Omo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2014 by stevemccurry

ETHIOPIA-10227Surma tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia.
It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. 

ETHIOPIA-10341NF (1)Kara tribe

There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley,
with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. 

The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley
live without clean drinking water and without medical care.

ETHIOPIA-10060Surma tribe

It has been a privilege to go back to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia
with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph 
the work he is doing with Lale Labuko
in their mission to end the practice of mingi and to house 
and
shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued.

ETHIOPIA-10105Lale Labuko

Lale,  a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, 
learned about the practice of Mingi and made it his life’s
mission to end ritual infanticide in his tribe’s culture.

http://omochild.org/videos/lale-labukos-story

ETHIOPIA-10306Surma tribe

Mingi is the ritualistic killing of infants and children who are Mingi 
because they are considered impure or cursed.
A child can be mingi for many reasons, 
but once they are mingi they are
left alone in the desert without food and water or drowned in a river.

ETHIOPIA-10039John Rowe and Friends

I met John in Burma. He is a photographer and
successful businessman 
who has founded companies
which develop software for digital media and the entertainment
industry.  
He has also devoted a tremendous amount of time, energy, and
financial assistance to the work of Omo Child.

ETHIOPIA-10248NFKara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10247Kara tribe

The hope is that the rescued children will be future leaders in their communities and
will help raise awareness to help advocate the ending of the tribal practice of mingi.

ETHIOPIA-10277Hamer tribe

To learn more about Lale and John and OmoChild, please visit:
http://omochild.org/

ETHIOPIA-10153Kara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10331Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10281NFSurma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10243Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10221Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10235Surma tribe

BIO-10518NFSteve McCurry with members of the Surma tribe

ETHIOPIA-10151NFKara tribe

ETHIOPIA-10136 (1)Kara Tribe

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Children at Work

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by stevemccurry

In developing countries one in six children from 5 to 14 years old is involved in child labor.

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Nepal, 1983

In the least developed countries, 30 percent of all children are engaged in child labor.

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Boy working in candy factory, Kabul, 2006

Worldwide, 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers.

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An eleven-year-old boy working in gold mine, Mindinao, Philippines, 1985

An estimated 1.2 million children — both boys and girls — are trafficked each year into exploitative work in agriculture, mining, factories, armed conflict or commercial sex work.

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Tibetan Girl, 2002

 

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Children work in an opium field in Badakhshan, Afghanistan. 1982

The highest proportion of child laborers is in sub-Saharan Africa, where 26 percent of children (49 million) are involved in work.

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Niger, 1995

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Boy sells flowers in busy road, India 1993

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Young Welder, Bombay, India, 1994

“Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together,  and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” –  Grace Abbott

Sources: http://www.unicef.org, http://www.ilo.org, www.crin.org

Children of War

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2009 by stevemccurry

Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone.

“It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

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AFGHN-10083, Afghanistan, 1992

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Kabul, Afghanistan, 1993

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Luzon, Philippines, 1986

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Beirut, Lebanon, 1982

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Kuwait City, 1991

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A landmine victim, Pul i Khumri, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

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Shepherd boy at Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, 1991

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Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1985

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Child with Dutch Soldier, Afghanistan, 2002

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Tamil Tigers recruits during training, west of Batticola, Sri Lanka, 199

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Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992

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