Woman and Children in Emergencies
Water; Life giver, Taker; Sustainer - Essential commodity; some have too little, some have an abundance, but the most important factor is that any water that is available should be of good quality in an effort to prevent life threating communicable diseases like diarrhea.
Oxfam India commits itself to alleviating the suffering of people from all walks of life, transcending religious and caste boundaries, offering humanitarian assistance in times of disaster, and livelihood support in development initiatives.
Woman and Children are some of the most vulnerable and susceptible in these environments; Women are often responsible for many of the activities that take place in the home and are relied upon by their young for health and protection. In patriarchal societies they have limited or no access to income generating opportunities and are often reliant on the male head of household.
This body of work was commissioned 2009, 2010, and 2012, in an attempt to document the often arduous conditions that people face during times of crisis, but most importantly their resilience and fortitude in these life threatening environments.
Sam Spickett is a professional photographic consultant to the humanitarian sector. Currently living in India, Sam’s interests lie in the developing world. He hopes his work will be instrumental in change by bringing contemporary issues, such as marginalisation, poverty and associated health risks, to a global audience.
The media is oversaturated with clichéd images of starving children in Africa, casualties of war and victims of the global AIDS epidemic. Sam’s objective is to move beyond the portrayal of those in need as helpless victims of disaster or conflict. To achieve this he aims to take photographs that show a balance between resilience and vulnerability and that also represent the determination and fortitude of survivors.
Sam’s involvement in and approach to photo-documentation in the humanitarian environment aims to be as participatory as possible so as to meet the needs of the people his work aims to serve.
Communications at the grass roots level is vital to ascertain how host communities wish to be represented and how their views are documented. A secondary aim of this approach is to dispel biases commonly associated with poorly managed projects.
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