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Arete Stories is a leading provider of multi-media communications support throughout East Africa - including Somalia
Arete Stories is a leading provider of multi-media communications support throughout East Africa - including Somalia

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This weekend Arete's Kate Holt is partnering with the Mosaic Rooms in London to run photography and multimedia workshops at the MCWG room in Ladbroke Grove!

Over 20 young people will be participating with the aim of learning more about how to take photographs. They will then have the opportunity to compose and manipulate images to express their ideas, resulting in photographs and audio narratives by participants, expressing their ideas in response to several themes emerging from the "Mogadishu – Lost Moderns" exhibition currently on at the Mosaic Rooms.

The workshops will result in the creation of artworks (photographs, audio narratives) by the young people involved, revealing their ideas and attitudes to themes such as Urban Landscapes and Identity. At the end of the project participants will work into a series of slide shows. These will be presented at The Mosaic Rooms, an exhibition space managed by AMQF in London at 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW during the last few days of the "Mogadishu – Lost Moderns" exhibition, with a private view event on Wednesday 23 April (evening 6.30-8.30pm).
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The 'Kayayoos' in Ghana are female porters who carry heavy loads on their heads. 

Most female porters come down from the north of the country, seeking a better life and often bringing their children with them. Their children then also become porters, but as children they tend to 'babysit' other women's children by carrying them on their backs. This is considered a porters' job for kids. The older women and teenagers sell products on the side of a road in order to earn a living, or carry other people's shopping loads while they shop in the markets. 

These women are very vulnerable to exploitation as many haven't had the privilege of good education. Most make very little money and are often forced to live on the streets with little protection. 

Photo by Ellie Kealey for Arete Stories.
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Our photography workshop StoryTelling Through Photos on 3-4 March in Nairobi is almost fully booked!

To book last seats available, please use our website: 

http://www.aretestories.com/arete-stories-march-photography-workshop/

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Karel Prinsloo traveled to Puntland to photograph ADESO's work which launched a 48-month program to reduce hunger and food insecurity by improving rangeland conditions. The program, titled Your environment is your life, will improve the state of natural resource management through implementation of land rehabilitation and restoration work on degraded rangelands. #somalia #puntland #africa  
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A new and powerful project meant to unite Kenyans, soon launched on kickstarter. 
Like the page and keep an eye out for updates! 
https://www.facebook.com/ournairobiproject

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Arete Stories was asked by Ardan Africa to produce a short educational film to explain the risks of malaria to people new to Africa. #malaria #health #africa
https://vimeo.com/73643493

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Polio in Somalia – The Guardian

Kate Holt, from Arete Stories, is the only photographer to have witnessed the current polio vaccination campaign in Somalia. Kate traveled to Mogadishu shortly after the campaign  was launched by the Somali Government in partnership with UNICEF and the WHO. Somalia’s children risk paralysis and even death following the first outbreak of polio in six years. In less than two months, 41 children have become paralyzed by the Wild Poliovirus, which is untreatable.The photographs are being used by UNICEF to publicize the campaign and have just been published as a slideshow in the Guardian.

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Arete Stories was asked to produce a multi media feature that examined the state of the Education system in Somali. The film was shown at the opening of the National Education Conference for Somalia on June 18th 2013 in Mogadishu. Please see it here. 
http://vimeo.com/68758743

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Killer Grannies! By Karel Prinsloo
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Killer Grannies! Korogocho, Kenya by Karel Prinsloo. All over Africa, grandmothers are raising grand
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