Archive for April, 2011

Children Around the World

April 1, 2011

Few lessons are more necessary today than teaching our children to know what is happening just beyond the horizon.

Our kids areĀ  growing up in a different world than we did. It is imperative they learn from a young age to be connected to what is happening globally and to understand the deep value in helping others when it is within their means to help. We read the news every day about emerging cultures and globalization – but we also read (and see, sadly) that our children here are becoming “generation i” and “the me-me generation.”

Now more than ever it is important for them to know and care about others – not just in their own country, but for people all over the world – a world we all share and call home – and a world in which borders are vanishing.

Two particular favorite photographers of mine have gone to great length to take us beyond those borders.

Steve McCurry gives us a glimpse of despair in his post “War’s Children.”

McCurry is best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl” which he took in 1984 during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.

McCurry has covered countless international conflicts, including the Iran-Iraq war, Beirut, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan.

His work has been featured worldwide in magazines and he is a frequent contributor to National Geographic, and few photographers have compiled such a compelling collection of photographs that show the impact war has on local communities and individuals.

James Mollison, who traveled the globe photographing his project called, “Where Children Sleep,” said of his work, “I hope these images help other children to think about inequality around the world, and perhaps start to figure out how they may respond.”