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Somalis paint the picture of what resilience really means August 4, 2011

Posted by WaterWise Consulting in Uncategorized.
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Peter Greste posted an interesting photographic article about how drought in Somalia affects the local residents. Peter wrote small two or three-sentence descriptions of each photograph he took, and explained what each photograph was of. While some articles can appeal to the audiences’ emotions, including photographs is a nearly sure way of doing this. Each photograph was carefully taken to demonstrate the harsh living conditions of Somali refugee camps. However, the photographer also skillfully demonstrates how Somalis are thriving the best they can in this situation.
Somalis have been forced to coexist with droughts for many years, and thus they have evolved to cope with the hardships that follow. For example, some of the photos demonstrate how different people in the refugee camp have been able to create personal businesses to raise money for their families, as well as help their fellow refugees. One resident refugee was able to carry a sewing machine on his back, all the way from home. He now has a small business repairing clothes for his fellow Somalis. Best of all, he doesn’t even need to advertise. Other creative Somalis spend their time collecting firewood to sell to others. One creative man tied some thorn branches together and draped a few cloths over it to create a shop. He now sells small bags of salt, sugar, and limes.
If Somalis are able to function this well in a refugee camp, after living with drought for many years, how would a drought affect Americans?
To read the original article, visit: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/inpictures/2011/07/2011727134147853102.html
Brian O’Neill
boneill@waterwise-consulting.com
http://www.waterwise-consulting.com

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