Why I'll Document the Real Somalia, Beyond the Media's Famine Frenzy Why I'll Document the Real Somalia, Beyond the Media's Famine Frenzy
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Why I'll Document the Real Somalia, Beyond the Media's Famine Frenzy
by Kafia Ahmed
What inspired me to tell the other side of Somalia started out as a personal goal. My parents allowed me to be a curious kid, asking all sorts of random questions. I’d ask “Why they always speaking negatively about Somalia?” and “Is our family safe there – I mean, did you guys read the news?” And every question was always greeted with a warm smile and patience. They explained to me that there is always more than one side to a story.
As I got older, I started to find small inspiring stories on the web neatly tucked behind a headline reading “FAMINE SWEEPS ACROSS THE HORN.” And while I truly appreciated the humanitarian work done, I just knew that someone had to start telling this other side of Somalia. The side of the courageous Somalis returning home to start businesses. The ones who are working abroad to support an entire family back home. Even those who’ve stayed through all of the ups and downs and remain madly in love with their home.
This summer I’m heading home to Somalia for the first time in over two decades to document the untold other side of the story. Sure it’s ambitious, and maybe a bit overzealous, but if you had an opportunity to tell powerful stories—life changing, heart-melting, ground-breaking stories—wouldn’t you try? I know I am.
You can support my journey on Kickstarter, where I am raising money to create an awe-inspiring documentary web and photo series. Money will go directly towards food, travel, and accommodations for our entire team.
This project will be featured in GOOD's Saturday series Push for Good -- our guide to crowdfunding creative progress.