Photographer's Note

Clearing out my office desk recently, I found a few long lost b&w negatives at the bottom of a drawer I hadn't dug through in years. I had taken those pictures on some assignments abroad, most of them not very interesting, mainly intended to fit the stories I wrote.

This is one of those pictures, taken in a camp for IDP's (Internally displaced persons) near Monrovia, capital of Liberia. I was invited by the UNICEF in 1994 to study their programmes for war orphans, ex child soldiers, rape victims etc. The first phase of the civil war was raging and only a few areas near Monrovia and along the coast were considered reasonably safe. As far as I remember this camp was very close to the huge antenna set up by the Voice of America in the 1950's to broadcast their radio programmes all over Africa. For that reason it was known as the VoA camp.

These women had come to fetch water from one of the pumps installed by the UN.

This was scanned from a Kodak b&w negative.

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