RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES NACHTWEY HELPS FOCUS ATTENTION ON DARFUR CRISIS
NAIROBI - World renowned American photographer James Nachtwey and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) joined forces to focus more public concern on Darfur, western Sudan, where the world's worst humanitarian crisis continues unabated.
James Nachtwey, who has been a contract photographer for TIME magazine since 1984, lent his eye and his reputation to help create a WFP public service announcement (PSA) for television, featuring eight powerful black and white images he shot on his most recent assignment to the conflict-torn region.
"I am a journalist, I'm an observer. But I do want to help WFP in their tireless efforts to get food to the people of Darfur,'' said Nachtwey.
"It's important for the world to see what is going on in Sudan. It's equally important that the world react. That's why I'm doing this," explained Nachtwey about taking time out between assignments to do the WFP visibility spot.
In the PSA, Nachtwey stresses that "right now in Sudan a tragedy is unfolding before our eyes," and appeals to the public to help the agency in its effort to reduce the number of hungry during the ongoing crisis, which is threatening the very existence of almost 2 million people.
The 30-second PSA will start airing on CNN International and BBC World this week.
WFP is feeding more than a million people a month in Darfur, mostly families driven from their homes by attacks and conflict between rebels, militias and government forces that started almost a year ago.
The UN agency is also organizing a photography exhibit with James Nachtwey scheduled to open in spring 2005 in Brussels, the seat of the European Union.
James Nachtwey has been a photographer for more than 30 years and has won countless prestigious awards, including Magazine Photographer of the Year (seven times); the Robert Capa Gold Medal (five times); the World Press Photo Award (twice); and the W.Eugene Smith Memorial Grant in Humanistic Photography and others.
He is a founding member of VII, one of the most respected news and feature photography agencies worldwide.
The PSA, which features evocative music by Italian composer Teho Teardo, can be viewed on WFP's website: www.wfp.org
More of James Nachtwey's photographs from Darfur can be seen on www.viiphoto.com
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency: in 2003 we gave food aid to a record 104 million people in 81 countries, including 56 million hungry children.
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