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No ID, No Future?

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In late 2005, a collaborative project between photographer Cassandra Mathie and the Danish Refugee Council was initiated to acknowledge, recognize and validate the lives and journeys of non-ID Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon.

A series of portraits were created of non-ID refugees.

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Paper to Pearls in northern Uganda

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In 2003, Jan Egeland, the United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs claimed, “I cannot find any other part of the world that is having an emergency on the scale of Uganda that is getting so little international attention.”

In 2006, I traveled to Gulu, Uganda where I met with groups of women in the region who live in camps for internally displaced persons.

The women craft necklaces from recycled paper and sell the jewelry in nearby Gulu and abroad through a US-based organization called Paper to Pearls.

The income generated from the sale of the necklaces helps the women send their children to school and contributes to the development of a more sustainable way of life.

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MOBILE CRECHES

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I recently shot a story for Mobile Creches, an NGO that seeks to educate the children of construction workers. Construction workers are regarded to be the poorest of poor and live a nomadic lifestyle which is dictated by their next construction assignment.

Construction of a building can take several years and the living conditions provided to the workers who live on site is deplorable. They are forced to live in the most unhygienic and often inhuman conditions while they ironically build multi-million dollar apartment complexes.

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Comunidad Oscar Arnulfo Romero

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On a recent Habitat for Humanity trip to El Salvador, we made a day excursion to a place that has left a lasting impression in both my heart and mind.

El Salvador’s civil war (1977-1992) created large numbers of refugees and orphans. COAR Peace Mission children’s village is now home to hundreds of these displaced, orphaned, abandoned or destitute children of post war El Salvador.

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Thailand with IJM

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I got invited to go to Thailand with model Niki Taylor as a guest of International Justice Mission. We went over and I shot video and photography of Niki’s first time encounter with human rights abuses in the area of child sex slavery.

It was very bittersweet. The country was beautiful and the people amazing, but what I found out about the horrific and massive child slavery operations made me sick. I learned that the enormous child sex industry in Southeast Asia is mainly fueld and funded by American & British sex-tourists, a form of “tourism” I had never heard of before.

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Amani Children’s Home, Moshi, Tanzania

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The Amani Children’s Home is a community based NGO dedicated to the protection of street-children and orphans in Northern Tanzania.

Started by 3 local individuals in response to the growing number of street children and AIDS orphans, Amani’s mission and approach exemplify grassroots development.

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