Has the world Forgotten Us? Life in war-torn Somalia Photo Essay

Posted March 4, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 6,051 views


Photographer Anthony Karen visited the Somali capital to document life in the region. “I’m drawn to places that most aren’t willing to go,” he says.

Photojournalist Karen’s Somalia Photo Essay

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Anthony Karen is a photojournalist based in New York.  His passion for photography began in Haiti, where he documented the various Vodou rituals and pilgrimages throughout the country. His project was interrupted when an opportunity to photograph a Ku Klux Klan cross lighting came through. Over the next few years, Anthony found himself with unrestricted access into America’s most private White Unity organizations.

Anthony was a contributing member of World Pictures News before going freelance in 2008. Over the years Anthony has worked on several projects, including extensive documentation of the Ku Klux Klan which led to his first book, The Invisible Empire: Ku Klux Klan, released in 2009 by Powerhouse books. This work has been exhibited at the annual Nordeerlicht Festival and featured in various forms of media, such as NPR radio, Life, Mother Jones, Focus and a special release book by Time/Life – Secret Societies. During his project documenting the Klan, he was able to branch off into other organizations such as the White Nationalist Movement. For the past two years Anthony has had a strong relationship with the Smile Train and Surgical Volunteers International NGO’s and has volunteered on numerous medical missions. His portfolio includes intimate images of his time in Haiti and West Bank.

Anthony served in the US Marine Corps and worked for many years in the personal protection industry. He has traveled extensively worldwide and has worked with many charitable and humanitarian organizations, including Friends in Deed, Hospice, Smile Train, Surgical Volunteers International and the Humane Society.

In 2011, Duke Universities Rare Book and Manuscript Library invited Anthony to include his ongoing life’s work to it’s biographical archives. Earlier that year he was awarded a grant by the George A. Robinson IV Foundation for his work with humanitarian causes.

You can see more Anthony’s work at his website:

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