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An account of child trafficking in West Africa

What to say? Well I went simply because I was asked to go by Anti-Slavery International, who are actually the world’s oldest human rights organisation.

At that time, in 2001, I was anxious to redirect my career – it was a year after an emergency heart operation and I felt that I wanted to get away from my commercial work and try and get back to the photojournalistic work which I had first started doing back in the early 1970s. So the enquiry seemed like the answer to my prayer.

The movement of children amongst families is not new. What has changed is the introduction of a commercial element where people give the parents money and then promise to look after the child.

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Eduardo Martino: Urban farming in Cuba

Like many in the Caribbean Brazilian photojournalist Eduardo Martino has a fascination with Cuba. Last year the London-based Martino made the trip to Havana – after Castro had gone in for treatment and later, out of the Presidency – to document ordinary Cubans attempting to solve food supply shortages and the looming worldwide increase in food prices: Urban farming.

Self-sufficiency is something that has been urged in Jamaica, most recently with Minister of Agriculture Chris Tufton’s infamous cassava remarks. In individualistic Jamaica Tufton was always unlikely to be heeded, but how were communitarian-minded Cubans coping, we asked Martino? Continue reading

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First moment: Reverend Al takes a bike ride

Reverend Al Sharpton, New York, May 30, 2008. Photographed by Job Ouma.

One of the great things of having transformed First into a primarily web-driven publication is the sheer joy of avoiding pagination meetings. These meetings often meant the painful elimination of content that we liked, but didn’t have space for within the 36-page limit of First’s original printed format. Some photographs, for instance, needed to be printed as sets in order to properly communicate their context, but with this new web toy of ours, those days are happily over.

Such is the case with this series of photographs featuring the Reverend Al Sharpton pedaling around Union Square in New York City with a slew of journalists running after him. Of course, such an occasion requires more than one photograph. We have to know more. So we asked the photographer, Job Ouma, what exactly was Al doing?

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Reed Young: The ‘Lucky Haitians’

One of the great causalities of colonialism in the Caribbean has been the reporting of news from the region, particularly as it relates to our neighbours to the northeast on the island of Haiti. To those who know better, the constant mistreatment of Haiti and Haitians in the local and international media is something to be abhorred if one considers (for just a moment) the reasons and causes behind Haiti’s punishment by the west.

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