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Free From Hunger

There are over 150 million malnourished children in the world today. This contributes to three million child deaths a year. A new photo exhibition co-produced by Concern Worldwide and Panos Pictures shares the stories of individuals behind the statistics in the Central African Republic, Liberia and South Sudan.

Three Panos photographers - Abbie Trayler-Smith, Nora Lorek and Chris de Bode - through their distinct personal style and perspective show what hunger means for ordinary people.

Abbie Trayler-Smith met numerous families who are struggling to feed their children and survive among the chronic instability of South Sudan which has been embroiled in a horrific civil war for almost six years, causing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and seek shelter in Protection of Civilians (PoC) camps overseen by the UN. She chose to photograph the a member of each family with some of the food they are able to source for themselves and their families.

Chris de Bode took his inspiration from the aesthetic and iconography of Dutch 17th still life painting. Where the 17th century still life celebrated the newly globalised Dutch economy and the wealth and consumer culture that came with it, Chris' photographs show us the lives of people who have little or no access to the benefits of living in the 21st century. In each home he visited, Chris asked the owners to select items of food and other possessions which were important to them, to create the centre piece for a still life. Chris deliberately chose a plush green background to elevate the status of the objects and to reference the sumptiousness of the 17th century paintings.

Nora Lorek spoke to mothers and grandmothers she met in Liberia and was told that the most important nutrition they can provide for babies is something they always carry with them - breastmilk. No matter whether mothers are working, preparing food at home or fetching water from a well, they are always able to feed the children whom they carry in colourful fabric slings that are also worn as skirts and used to dry the child after a bath. Nora chose to photograph the mothers in front of the colourful fabrics that are both beautiful and practical.

The photo exhibition is part of Concern's Free From Hunger appeal which raises money to help ensure mothers and babies get the food, water, nutrition and healthcare they need to recover from malnourishment and stay strong and healthy in the long term. All donations received before 24 December 2019 will be matched, pound for pound, by the UK government.

According to Bob Ruxton, Interim Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK), Concern is 'launching the Free from Hunger appeal because in many of the world’s poorest countries where we work, conflict, instability and climate change are reducing people’s ability to grow or buy enough nutritious food, often with devastating results.'

To find out more about Concern's Free From Hunger campaign, please click HERE.

The exhibition runs from 2 to 31 October 2019 at More London Riverside development near Tower Bridge.
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