‘ANGELS at the edge of darkness’ project focuses on Sub-Saharan African women affected with the HIV/AIDS virus. The collection of essays provide narratives of their personal experiences conquering the consequences of this intrusive killer; illuminating their resilience, indomitable spirit and courage.
My aim has been to compose intimate visual profiles from daily rituals through to challenges for survival. While photography illustrating AIDS in Africa usually depicts shocking images of bodies worn away from the disease, the suffering and grief, few in-depth stories portray the actual every day fighting and coping with the virus.
For the first time in modern African history, women have taken the helm of the family, a consequence of the AIDS pandemic which has denuded the male population. By depicting the new African paradigm for the family, this project aims to raise social consciousness and educate the global village about what is happening in the region. It will provide a voice for the ‘voiceless’ illustrating how women, with their proven skills of nurturing, team work, compromise and compassion have created confidence and optimism amongst those afflicted.
The project was launched in September 2007. Since its inaugural journey, I have undertaken eight visits to the countries targeted including Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. The most recent this past May-June 2012. The venture has been personally financed out of my unswerving commitment and passion to provide a resounding voice for these unheard citizens.
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Carol Allen Storey - photographer
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Photo Essay Vignettes Emerging from the Journeys
ORPHANS the legacy of AIDS
Sub-Saharan Africa is the epi-centre of the AIDS pandemic. More than12 million orphans have lost their parents to this intrusive killer. Africa is staggering under the load of this emerging underclass.
The RED badges of courage
In Tanzania, many primary school students are forced to wear red badges sewn on their uniform denoting their AIDS/HIV status, all déjà vu of Hitler isolating the Jews into ghettos.
RAPE is a weapon of war
Rape is a weapon of war wielded by male soldiers to humiliate, punish and control the enemy. Women’s bodies have become a part of the landscape of conflict.
The VANISHING AIDS generation
With the ‘lost’ generation of young adults, grandmothers have become responsible for their adult AIDS infected siblings and orphaned grandchildren.
Living ‘POSITIVELY’ with AIDS
Tracking HIV+ suffers commencing ARV drug treatment before and after treatment.
The RELUCTANT sex worker
These women aren’t hardened professionals soliciting business; they are desperate women who have no means to support their family since their financial platform was dismantled after their husbands died.