In January 2012 while I was working in Port Moresby one local NGO asked me to help them with documenting life of disabled people. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time for this project, hopefully I will be able to help them with the visual documentation of their work in close future.
Before I’ve been contacted by that NGO, I met Janetta Douglas in Port Moresby, an Australian woman, who helps disabled people in PNG. She took me to the Pari village, the home a small community of handicapped people.
Pari village is situated on the south coast of PNG, few kilometres to the east from Port Moresby. It is a very nice and quite traditional Papuan village on the water, inhabited by Motu speakers.
More than 20 disabled people live in Pari, many of them do not have wheelchairs and can’t leave their homes for years. But even for those lucky ones, who received help from the NGO’s or altruists, moving in Pari is very difficult. The roads don’t have pavement and there are no ramps for the wheelchairs.
Janetta Douglas raises funds in Australia to bring Pari residents wheelchairs and other aid. If you wish to help people PNG disabled people, please contact her at email@example.com Your help will be very much appreciated!
Well, it’s not a very big deal, but I have received a 2nd place in “Cell Phone Camera Competition” for the story “Veteran in the hospital/Mobilography”.
The photos were taken when I had treatment in a Russian hospital in 2009 and photographed with my Nokia cell-phone camera Ivan Lobov, a 90-year-old WWII veteran, who was recovering from a heart attack on the bed next to me.
Although I don’t do mobilography/iphoneography anymore (and I have some reasons for it), this story is very personal to me and I keep showing it to the viewers.
The full story can be found on my web-site:
One of my very first pictures. 2005.
Dorin, 23, was brutally attacked by her husband and expelled from her house. Dorin’s drunken husband assaulted her, kicking her in the abdomen, and repeatedly striking her face against the wall. During the ultrasound the doctors did not hear the heartbeat of the unborn baby. Later husband came to the hospital to take her back and continued to assault her at the hospital ward. Although this was reported to the police, the man has not been arrested.
Crying Meri is featured in MEDIAPART magazine, France.