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Children express themselves through photography

© UNICEF/MOZA/Rosalia Rafael Lhatsuoyo
"I took this photo to show how people in rural areas live, for example you may find children playing in the streets and playing with things that are inside the house". Rosalia Lhatsuoyo, 14 years old.

Maputo, 21 October 2006- More than 30 primary school children participated in a series of workshops with professional photographers and learned how to use photography to express their views of the world around them. An exhibition of their photographs is open to the public in Maputo from 21 October to 15 November 2006.

The exhibition Crianças com Câmaras (Kids with cameras) is a joint photography initiative organized by the Mozambican Association of Photography and supported by UNICEF to create opportunities for children to express themselves on issues that affect them.

“Children have the right to express their views and to participate in decisions that affect their lives,” says UNICEF Representative Leila Gharagozloo Pakkala. “They have ideas, experience and insights that enrich our understanding of the world and the problems we face.”

© UNICEF/MOZA/Kida de Morais
"This photo shows a great contrast between dirt and clean. On the left we see neatness and on the right we see dirt. This shows that there are a lot of clean places in the middle of dirty ones – Mozambican poverty." Kida de Morais, 12 years old.
Children from Momemo primary school in Marracuene district and from 7 de Setembro primary school in Maputo city participated in the event. Through the process of learning photography, they looked at their surroundings from a new perspective and brought to light the diversity and disparities that exist in their communities.

Each young photographer chose one of his or her photographs for the exhibition. The photographs illustrate how they see the world around them and depict both the positive and negative aspects of growing up in Mozambique.

The exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of UNICEF at the global level and more than 30 years of presence in Mozambique as part of the United Nations family.

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Kids with cameras: diversity and disparities (rural school)

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Kids with cameras: diversity and disparities (city school)

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