This Friday I’m hosting photograph from a friend of mine Magdalena Krukowska from Lost in Translation. I know Magda for many years. We have travelled together in Asia back in 2008. She is a great photographer! You would have to see here camera bag! Bigger than my clothes bag! Lol She has only started her affair with blogging, but is an established writer and photographer. To see more of her pictures visit her Flickr and read her articles at Forbes Magazine.
Photo Story: Helicopter, Turkana, Kenya
I took this picture in Turkana region (Kenya), where we visited one of the most remote villages there. Turkana people are not very keen on tourists’ visits, but this single family was very hospitable. Few years ago one of these boys, just born at the moment, was seriously ill and the only foreign tourist in the nearby area had ordered a helicopter to carry the boy to the hospital, which saved baby’s life. To celebrate this his parents gave him a name “Helicopter” :-)
Turkana region is located in the Northern Kenya, close to the border with Ethiopia, and people living there are very poor as it is almost impossible to breed anything on that dry soil, and communication with the rest of the country almost does not exist. Children living there rarely go to any school and they have to produce their toys on their own. This lorry at the picture was made of wire and the authors are very proud of their craft work!
Life of Turkana people will become more and more difficult in the oncoming years as Ethiopia is building a huge dam, which relies on River Omo that feeds Turkana lake. The construction will threaten the lake, which is now the only source of water and food for the local communities.