UNICEF’s Child Photography Project gives Children and Youth the Chance to Photograph their World

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A young woman attending the UNICEF Photography Project. Credit: UN Photo.

As part of a child photography project UNICEF has, over the past two years, provided around 1000 Somali children and youth with a unique opportunity to provide a fascinating insight into their lives. Training sessions have been held in Hargeisa, Garowe and Mogadishu with a professional photographer Kate Holt and cameras provided. And once the children started taking photos, there was no stopping them as they produced thousands of photographs.

This month some of the photos were put on show at the 8th Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) held in Somaliland from 1 – 6 August 2015. At the same time children and teachers from two local primary schools were invited to the opening of the Book Fair as well as to a photography workshop on the following day to learn some basic photography skills.

Photographs from the project have been displayed at the European Parliament in Brussels, in Scotland, and in Mogadishu and are due to be shown in Nairobi and Mogadishu.

UNICEF Somalia Representative Steven Lauwerier pointed out that one of the provisions of the Convention on the Right of the Child, which was ratified by Somalia in January this year, is that children should have the right to freedom of expression in any media.

“UNICEF is committed to ensuring that Somali children are at the centre of any discussions about their future and that they have a say in what happens in their country,” said Mr Lauwerier.