Ethiopa - Kenya (Lives and Roads)

19 images Created 20 Nov 2016

How important is a road?

I traveled from Addis Ababa to Nairobi by road, documenting the new road that connects the two countries; through the gender lens.

By photographing and talking to women who live or work by or on the road, I discovered that, may be, access to good roads should be a fundamental human right. A good road can mean the difference between a woman in labour losing her child or accessing a good doctor quickly. It saves an old lady's tired legs from trekking for miles with her produce on her head, looking for buyers. The young woman on her way to see her boyfriend is happy that she won't get there all dusty. And then there are all these communities that spring out of nowhere the moment a road is constructed.

Client: AfDB
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