Many people believe that photos are only used to accompany articles in print and online news. But a lot of the time, the photos are what tell the story. In AP News’s article “Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera” written by Mohamed Sheikh Nor, pictures taken by AP Photographer Farah Abdi Warsameh are put right at the top of the article.
Warsameh’s photos highlight the effects that cholera, the drought, and hunger are having on the people of Somalia, especially young children.
A group of Somalis displaced because of the drought gather outside their makeshift shelters at a camp in Baidoa, Somalia.
A displaced woman and her malnourished child are treated in a children’s hospital in Baidoa, Somalia.
A malnourished child sits in a bed in a children’s hospital in Baidoa, Somalia.
A mother and her son who were displaced because of the drought sitting in a children’s hospital in Baidoa, Somalia.
A malnourished 50 year old woman lies in a bed in the cholera ward of a hospital in Baidoa, Somalia.
Somali children who were forced to move due to the drought stand outside their makeshift shelter at a camp in Baidoa, Somalia.
Through just these pictures, you can see the struggles of families living in Somalia. You can see the fear and uncertainty in the eyes of the women and children. These pictures tell the stories of the pain Somalis are going through today and they beg for the viewer’s sympathy and compassion.