Basima, 16, Pol-i-Charki, Afghanistan

Under the Taliban The Ministry of Vice and Virtue enforced bans on music, dancing, television, radio, kite flying and wearing white socks—and women were forced to wear a burka.

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.