2015 - FLOATING (Southern Africa Floods & Consequences)

 

2015 - FLOATING (Southern Africa Floods & Consequences)

During the first months of 2015, heavy rains hit several countries in Southern Africa. Malawi and Mozambique were particularly affected by the floods with hundreds of confirmed deaths and more than 200,000 displaced. As a consequence of the floods, these countries also suffered Cholera and Malaria outbreaks.

The lack of infrastructure, the low hygienic standard and the poor sanitation system increased the impact of the floods on the population. The local economy, that previously lead them in a low position in terms of international relations and mediatic relevance, is mostly based on agriculture it has been severely compromised by the floods.

Despite the general topic -floods- this work mainly focuses on people. Through this selection of images I try to show their loneliness. A loneliness that is not of the same kind that should experience a person rejected from his/her society or from his family. It is rather the loneliness of those who remain in a corner compering to what the economic and political leaders consider relevant. As a consequence of this attitude it looks like they are walking through the History not silently, but lost in the silence. Floating.

Here no young women wear colorful clothes in the water. No tailor holds aloft his sewing machine while walking in the water which almost submerges him, while smiling. Here a 3 year old child could die due to cholera and disappear from the local hospital's register. Disappear from history. Because cholera is a dirty disease, a thorny truth for a government as well as for a magazine. Disappear, because cholera is a preventable disease, its first outbreak and subsequent growth is due to a lack of basic infrastructure such as latrines or a safe and adequate water supply network.

Despite of the numerous NGOs and the UN's great efforts, the emergency still goes on.

Johannesburg, May 17th, 2015