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Refugee children are adrift in Africa's city slums. Send National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing there to give them a voice.
Refugee children are adrift in Africa's city slums. Send National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing there to give them a voice.
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UPDATE: Thanks to my amazing supporters, this very important project has reached its initial goal.

From this point forward, any additional funding will support more field time which leads to stronger images and a larger body of work. Depending on how much we raise, we will also be able to bring the exhibit to additional outlets, leading to a larger audience and increased awareness of Africa's urban refugee child crisis.

Thank you, again. Amy

BACKGROUND

The worst game of hide and seek imaginable is being played out in Africa’s urban slums. Lying low in the shadows are hundreds of thousands of refugee children displaced from their homes by war and violent conflict. The most vulnerable are orphans and other minors separated from their parents, struggling to survive on their own.

Today, more than 50% of refugees live in urban areas - not traditional refugee camps. These forgotten children represent a dramatic shift in Africa’s on-going refugee crisis. Unfortunately, humanitarian aid has not kept up with this migration trend so these refugees are in grave danger.

The daily risks they face can be as dangerous as the circumstances from which they fled: Sexual and physical violence, human trafficking, malnutrition, forced military service, and kidnappings to name a few.

THE PROJECT

With your support, I will give a voice to these shadowed individuals by taking my camera to Kenya to document this mounting humanitarian crisis and produce print and online exhibits. These exhibits will open this year on June 20 in honor of World Refugee Day and travel to multiple cities in print and around the world virtually.

This story needs to be told.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES...

$6,000 covers travel expenses to and from Nairobi (or alternative major city depending on local security) and about 11 days working in the field; this includes hotel, taxi/driver, hired security, translator/fixer, the Visa fee. The rest will be put towards the photo exhibit and the cost to professionally print, frame, and host the event.

Additional funding beyond our 10k goal will support more field time which leads to stronger images and a larger body of work. Depending on how much we raise, we will also be able to bring the exhibit to additional outlets, leading to a larger audience and increased awareness or Africa's urban refugee child crisis.

ABOUT AMY

“Photography has the power to engage and connect humanity on the most basic level. Engaging leads to understanding and understanding leads to taking action.” - Amy Toensing



Photojournalist Amy Toensing is committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth and is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. Toensing has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over a decade, and just completed her 13th story for them. Her images have also appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal , Newsweek, Time and Smithsonian.

Risks and challenges

Working in the refugee neighborhoods of Nairobi comes with significant security risks that without adequate support could easily waylay my project. For this, I will be relying on the expertise and in-country assistance of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization working with refugees in Africa.

The organization has urban protection teams working in Africa's most notorious refugee slums. If I have to focus on a different location due to unforeseen obstacles they are ready and willing to help me make that switch.

The work journalists carry out on the ground is never without help from dedicated individuals or organizations like RefugePoint.

Link: www.refugepoint.org

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