Aqulmina, 9, Pol-i-Charki Repatriation Center, Afghanistan

“My wife is crying, my children are sick, we are desperate. Living in Pakistan was hard, we lived off roots to feed the children. I just want my documents and food And I want to go home.”

Mohammed Barat, Pol-i-Charki Repatriation Center, Afghanistan

Benetton commissioned me to photograph some of the 17 million people that the World Food Program (WFP) feeds. The images from the famine in Ethiopia in the early 80’s had a big affect on me while growing up, but since then we seem to have become desensitized to images of poverty- their worlds seem so far away from ours in the west.

I decided to take my mobile studio- and take away the exotic backdrops and present them as people. Also interested in how the WFP uses food to get people to change their lives, I traveled to Sierra Lione, Afghanistan and Cambodia.