U is for Umuzi Photo Club
|Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.
I want to use the letter U of ABC Wednesday to promote the Umuzi Photo Club, a project that my daughter became involved with during her stay in Cape Town.
Despite the success that is the modern South Africa, it still has its sinister side of townships, grinding poverty and crime. The Umuzi Photo Club encourages children to take photos of their world so that the rest of us can be made aware.
Like the one above that ostensibly shows children at play. But the boy who took it calls it: Gangsters Know No Age. These boys are imitating the gun crime they see around them every day.
The Umuzi Photo Club began in the townships of Johannesburg and opened a similar project in Cape Town last year.
Umuzi is a Zulu word meaning ‘village’ and the aim is to put young people ‘at the centre of conversations on important community issues, cutting through socio-economic and generational boundaries.’
For my daughter and for us, it brought home the realities of the issues that South Africa still has to tackle. And some powerful photography.
You can see more examples of their work on their Blogger website, at the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.
Meanwhile, below is a short film in which the young people tell you about Umuzi far more eloquently than I can.
Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.