here“The Plight of the Indigent Child”
Downtown Lagos, Otumara, a slum community where most of the residents live in wooden shacks about a meter wide and families exist on less than $10 a day.
We met Bisi [not her real name] a widow with four kids who struggles daily to fend for her family whose little boy was drawing very close to his death – he was suffering from Kwashiorkor. She gives him some homemade remedies to relive him of pain because she cannot afford to pay for proper health care. Statistics show that each year, 10.6 million children die before their fifth birthday……Bisi’s son, Michael was about to become one of them unless we did something.
So Harry and I decided to do a Photo documentary to highlight the plight of Michael and the several other indigent living there. To properly show the environment, I stepped up on the only thing I could find that gave me a little elevation – some rocks bordering the road. I used an 8mm fisheye lens to capture the widest view possible, keeping the horizon more downwards cutting off the sky, hoping I still had enough detail in covering the environment.
After we shot the first set of photos, the InnerCity Mission through her partners came to the rescue and after three weeks of intensive treatment in a teaching hospital, Michael bounced back to life healthy, strong and ready to play till the break of dawn. By our next visit, Michael was full of life and couldn’t stay away from my lens; like every other infant, he was fascinated with my camera and repeatedly reached out to touch it. Now that gave me the opportunity to click non-stop.
Michael and his family are currently enrolled in the InnerCity Mission Family Support Program and are on the waiting list for family adoption.
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