Posts Tagged ‘africa’

Polipics: Which Story is the Story?


photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

Now here is the story the media should have been covering. Yes, great TV when Hillary got perturbed over misunderstanding an African’s question and thinking she was being dissed in favor of hubby Bill. That in itself is a whole discussion about whether women get the respect they deserve in politics. The real story is what’s happening to the women in the Congo. Nearly 3,500 have been raped since January in the war-torn east of DR Congo.

Here’s the official caption for this photo: A 30-year old woman lays on a bed on August 10, 2009, as she waits to go into surgery that will help her with physical problems developed after she was raped by three men belonging to an armed group almost four years ago. Doctors at the Heal Africa Clinic in Goma treat women who have been sexually abused and in the majority of the cases, due to the violent and vicious nature of the attacks develop serious physical problems. This woman is in for her ninth intervention and has lived in a transit home inside the clinic for four years. Hundreds of thousands of women have become victims of brutal rape usually perpetrated by groups of armed men who have engaged in armed conflict in the region for almost a decade and who use rape as a weapon of war.

Yes, that’s a story, old as time, and still needs to be told.

Also going on this week were the crazy healthcare protests and the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court Justice. Did you have any political protests going on in your backyard? Are you out looking for controversies to cover? Let us know!


Midweek Photo News Roundup- 6/24

photo courtesy Esther Havens

It’s Wednesday afternoon and all that most people can think about is how many days, hours, minutes remain until the weekend. But not you, you’re a photographer! You’re never bored, but are always plotting your next photo shoot or researching the new D-SLR you’ve had your eye on. We’re right there with you, friend. To keep the wild world of photography on your mind midweek, here’s our roundup of what’s been happening in it lately.

-Documentary photographer Esther Havens is in Uganda, shooting powerful images for a project.

-This morning, SanDisk announced the world’s fastest 32GB SDHC flash memory card with a new Class 10 performance rating for HD video.

-Kubota Image Tools announced a new free educational Webinar Wednesdays series for photographers of all levels.

-AP (Associated Press) Images announced the addition of Blend Images and North Wind Picture Archives as new content partners.  Their images will be made available on AP Images’ recently launched B2B site aimed at professional image buyers.