My approach to photography is simple: tell the truth. My journey to photography began while I was working as a social worker in Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya. In the year I was serving in Dadaab, I saw dozens of photojournalists come through the camps. The work they ended up publishing was, to me, very one-sided and portrayed only one facet of the refugee experience. Photographing the lives of refugees with dignity, telling the stories they wanted to tell about their own experiences, allowed me to understand that there was space for a Somali woman in this field.
I live in Kenya. It's a great place to be for a photojournalist. It is also why many 'expats' choose Nairobi as their base. Unfortunately, the industry has long preferred to use these outside (usually white male) voices to tell our stories. Historically, they are the ones who frame the narrative for the rest of the world. It has been frustrating to see how slow the industry has been to hire local talent. There are many people working to decolonize this field but it is depressing to see how many publications based in Kenya still refer to the historically white male lens up as the ideal.
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