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07.17.11 DRC: Inkisi

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When I read about Obama’s promising initiative called “Powering Africa” in the New York Times yesterday, I thought about the nights I spent in Inkisi, Democratic Republic of Congo, watching my hosts cook dinner with the light of an LED lamp. Similar to the Headlamp Series, the images below capture glimpses of typically public scenes that seem to become intimate and private in the dark. I can only imagine how this courtyard will be transformed when the electricity works through the night.

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Mamie. 2012.


Written by Sarah Stacke

July 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

05.06.13 DRC: Presenting DRC

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In late March I was invited to speak about my work in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade French classes at a middle school in Hillsborough, NC. The goal was to give the students an idea how French can be used in careers, and in countries other than France. I tried, through the pictures I showed and my words, to introduce the students to the uniqueness of DRC while at the same time highlighting what Congolese youth might have in common with American youth. When I had some time to reflect after the two days of presentations, I was–perhaps naively–surprised that the overwhelming impression of Africa existing in the students’ heads was one of a rural, technologically lacking lifestyle. Very few of the students thought of Africa as a place they would like to visit. This leads to me believe that little has changed in the perception of Africa between this young generation and the one before it.

I hope my images, at the very least, caused the students to question the ideas of Africa that they held. They certainly asked me a lot of wonderful and questions about food, education, jobs, safety and housing. A good start, I think. Below are a few of letters of thanks I received following the visit. It was an absolute pleasure to show my images to such a curious crowd.


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Written by Sarah Stacke

May 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

01.11.12 Naomi: Tsits’s News

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Today Tsitso told me that Ishmael is in jail.  He’s serving six months in Pollsmoor, a maximum security prison in the Cape Town suburb of Tokai. The most famous inmate of Pollsmoor was Nelson Mandela.

Cape Town, South Africa.  2011. Naomi with Tetso.  Sea Point Promenade.

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January 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

12.28.11 Naomi: With Tetso

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Naomi and Tsitso hanging out at the encampment where they live in the Sea Point neighborhood of Cape Town.

Cape Town, South Africa.  2011. Naomi Lottering with Tetso.

Cape Town, South Africa.  2011. Naomi Lottering.

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December 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

12.26.11 Naomi: The “So-Called Boyfriend”

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Naomi getting ready at home in Manenberg to see Tsitso, her “so-called boyfriend.”  She calls him this because she doesn’t feel he fulfills his responsibilities as a boyfriend.

Cape Town, South Africa.  2011.  Naomi in Manenberg.

Written by Sarah Stacke

December 26, 2011 at 2:55 am

07.22.11 Zimbabwe: Absalom Mwinde, 21

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July 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

06.09.10 Stanley Crouch and Leymah Gbowee

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Sometimes, even after living in New York for 10 years, I am surprised by what this city can offer.  Last month I was lucky enough to be invited by Stanley Crouch to attend a breakfast honoring Leymah Gbowee, the leader of the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, an organization of Christian and Muslim women that united to end the violence in Liberia.  Leymah is a central character in the powerful documentary, Pray the Devil back to Hell, which chronicles the efforts of Liberian women to bring peace to their war-torn country (www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/v3/).  As I listened to her speak about her efforts to achieve peace, and what she plans to do for Africa in the future, my resolve to work with an African community deepened.  Although Leymah was inspired to take action because of the civil war that was destroying the lives of Liberia’s people, her core message was that it doesn’t take a community disaster to become involved.  There are communities everywhere that have a story to tell.  (Thank you, Stanley.)

Stanley Crouch and Leymah Gbowee

MothSHOP at City Winery

MothSHOP at City Winery

Written by Sarah Stacke

June 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm