Hunger

Synopsis

Guns exchanged for food as part of the DDR program (Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration).

I never used a gun; I used a machete instead.

Idrissa, 35, Kenema, Sierra Leone

Between May 2001 and January 2002 when Sierra Leone’s president officially declared the “war don don”. 14,840 weapons were collected, most of which have since been melted down.

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.