Kula, 16, Kailahun, Sierra Leone

These six women receive food rations at a center for excombatants in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. All were members of the RUF. Many of the 97 women at the center were physically assaulted during the conflict and over 70 percent of them have children from war-related rape. All six women are now training to be hairdressers.

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.