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In pictures: World Health Day

Today is World Health Day and a reminder that not all the world enjoys the same level of health care, standard of living, access to clean water and sanitation that we do in the developed world.

Here are some projects I’ve come across during my travels that are making a difference to people’s health, and by doing so their well being, economic and social standing.


This poor baby was HIV positive, along with the mother, and staff at the clinic in Hyderabad, India were not sure how long it would live. They asked me to take a photograph of her. The HIV clinic distributed free antiretroviral drugs and also provided free medical checkups and counselling. In India HIV carries quite a stigma and many patients are afraid to tell family, friends or colleagues for fear of being ostracised. What emerged from our discussions with a lot of the patients was their ignorance about how HIV is contracted. Many of the women had got it from their husbands.


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In pictures: Human Rights Day

December 10 is Human Rights Day. On this day we remember the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its call for liberty, justice and freedom for all people regardless of race, creed, caste and gender. Unfortunately the goals noted down in 1948 are still but an aspiration for many people around the world. This year is the 20th since the day was first proclaimed. To get involved follow the conversation on Twitter at #unrightsat20.

These images from the Visited Planet database illustrate some of the rights of the charter.

Article 21.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  • (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
  • (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

East Timor’s free and fair democratic elections in 2012 were greeted with exuberance and celebration.

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In pictures: celebrating Human Rights

10 December every year is set aside to celebrate, highlight and advocate human rights, a full list of which is available here.

In that vein of celebrating rights to life, liberty, security, dignity, freedom of thought and religion, food, clothing, housing and more, here are 10 images celebrating what it is to be human from around the world.

Laughing children in underwear in a back alley of Kolkata, India

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” -Mother Theresa
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Fingers from heaven

I just put a post on Facebook with light shining down from the skies on a recent trek I undertook to Dodital, Uttarkhand (India). To me it looked like fingers from heaven. This inspired me to find some other similar shots using light, reflections or sunlight that in a similar way that rejoice in nature and reflect something of heaven.

Strzlecki, Australia

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
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In pictures: East Timor

Since the last post I’ve been busy uploading a range of galleries from East Timor including:

– Dili
– Ramelau
– Aotaru
– 2012 elections in Dili
– 2012 elections in Baucau
– Diving
– Dili to Baucau (images from the roadside).

Check them all out here.

East Timor isn’t a place on most tourists’ agendas and yet its sad history has left a fascinating mix of people, languages, landscapes, food and culture.  Here’s some more images to tempt you for a closer look — tourism will aid in the ongoing infrastructural development.

Dili, East Timor

Baucau, East Timor

Children living in rural areas in East Timor are still among the most under-nourished in the world. Limited access to clean water and basic sanitation contributes to the spread of persistent infectious diseases such as diarrhea, which can be fatal. In East Timor, diarrhea accounts for 11 per cent of deaths in children under five years old.
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