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2010 December

Archive for December, 2010

Pakistani women and maternal health-photographs by a western female journalist

Posted on December 7, 2010, by mercedes, under Gender Masala.

By Zofeen Ebrahim
Journalist based in Karachi. Pakistan

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Hamida is a pregnant woman I met over 1.5 months ago in one of the many flood camps in Pakistan. In the final stages of her pregnancy I had the honor to spend lots of time with her and her family and document their life in the camp. Last week she gave birth to a baby boy Rehan Ali and the family is hoping to return to their village very soon to rebuild their lives. More images and in depth coverage on this incredible family can be seen on my website: http://wmarijnissen.photoshelter.com/ gallery/Hamida-work-in-progress/G0000y0lH46v4ZqY/

I met Wendy Marijnissen, 36, a photojournalist from Belgium and was quite intrigued by her story. An aspiring woman looking to capture the truth as it is, she came to Pakistan in Nov. 2009, throwing all caution to the wind that included turning her back on the travel advisory that warned western travelers. She believed in visiting with “an open mind” as the best entrance to a new country. Her mission—to capture through her lens the lives of Pakistani women. “I wanted to portray the Pakistani women, to give to the western audience a different view, which is less clichéd than what people might expect,” she told me. (more…)

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