|16 Mar 2005|
Modelling Charity Declan O'Neill
Watch Over Me Chris de Bode
Welcome to our new issue as we mark the end of our third year in existence. Over these years we have enjoyed the unwavering support of photographers, agencies and readers alike as we pursue our goal of publishing stories that we feel are under-reported in our day to day lives.
Certainly at the moment when the world focuses much-needed attention on rebuilding communities in the Tsunami devastated region of South Asia our aim is not to compete with important ongoing stories but to gently focus attention on other issues that continue to be unresolved and tragic on a vast humanitarian scale elsewhere. In this respect Heidi Bradner reminds us that the brutal war in Chechnya has now been raging for over 10 years. Her numerous trips to the region, most recently in December, have resulted in the graphic report published here. A similar story unfolds in Uganda where children face abduction and death as they strive to survive out of the reach of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army.
As ever our stories lead with photography, the images provide us with a language to bridge the gap between an experience of real events and our imagination of them. In our essay on the subject of rape in war we attempt to tackle the difficult question of how one should depict a taboo subject and to what lengths one should go to in order to get the shot. If you should question the power of imagination and its ability to mobilise emotion and action then I ask you to turn to the back page where a seemingly incongruous image of a swimmer on Brighton beach appears to take on a whole new meaning in the context of the thousands who have died as a result of the awesome power of the sea.
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