Photographer's Note

Today is Africa Day and my post is quite different from what I would normally upload. When I think back to my experiences with this group of children, tears well up in my eyes. None of them go to school, there is no money. They spend their days playing on the beach, looking for 'handouts' while their mothers struggle to make money by cooking small fish and selling them.
The first Africa (Freedom) Day was celebrated in Ghana in 1958. The significance of the Day was to reflect the aspirations of people to break free from the chains of colonial bondage by dint of a collective will. Also, it was meant to help raise political awareness around the world about the state of affairs in Africa and the self-determination of its people.
A little over fifty years ago, and with the possible exception of Ethiopia and Liberia, the entire continent was colonial territory in which the peoples were subjected to indignities and killings administered by foreign powers ironically claiming to be democratic and civilised. Assimilation, colour bar and apartheid epitomised some of the monstrous evils of colonial rule in Africa.
Africa has won its freedom from colonialism but has Africa won 'true' freedom? Poverty, war, famine, corruption, inequalities, nepotism and abuse of women and children are rife.
As Africa Day is celebrated across the continent I hope its leaders spare some time for sober reflection.

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