At the end of 2015 South Africa was hosting more than 1 million asylum seekers- more than any other country in the world. This is according to a report by the United Nations Refugee Agency. This is amid staggeringly high unemployment which has contributed to many social and socio-economic problems in communities- some which have led to severe violence. Many of the affluent in the country often go unaware of the plight of the lives of the poor- be they the homeless, asylum seekers, refugees, domestic workers and the like.
Despite the ubiquitous negative news that daily dominate the media, there are many positive stories that go unheard. Many heroes and heroines that go unnoticed. There are the kind of stories that could be used as a beacon of hope and examples of the triumph that is attainable. South Africa has within it many hope filled and inspirational stories of individuals (both local and foreign) overcoming the odds to achieve amazing outcomes.
This project aims to use photography and the written word to tell these stories. It is a hope that those who hear them will gain understanding, that understanding will foster compassion and compassion action to lend a helping hand and champion for social justice.
I intend therefore to "Humanize the Nameless Faces"; that is "to give a face" to those who are often marginalised or disenfranchised. I believe that this will produce the compassion necessary to improve social relations and contribute to the creation of a harmonious and safe place to live in South Africa.
My hope that this will dignify some, encourage many and inspire the nation- particularly the youth.
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