April 29, 2011

NEWS / PHOTOGRAPHY: Empowering marginalized children through photography in Mali

By Raquel Wilson-Snow

BAMAKO, Mali, 28 April 2011 – Hawa Coulibaly, 16, has spent the last nine months training to become a tailor, but she is also interested in photography.  “By the end of the training, I hope I will know how to take pictures of my designs,” she says on the first day of the Eye See workshop.

Global initiative

Ms. Coulibaly is one of 21 young people – aged between 10 and 18 – who participated in a five-day youth photo workshop held this month in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Led by international photographer Giacomo Pirozzi, the session was the seventh in the Eye See series, a global initiative that originated as an outlet for youth affected by the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.

Eye See in Mali is made possible by a partnership between UNICEF and Sony Corporation. The project is facilitated by the Japan Committee for UNICEF, and implemented by local partners Association of Child and Youth Workers (AEJT) and Centre for the Promotion of Training in Photography (CFP).

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