Africa by Melinda Kerr

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I just love this shot. It wasn’t taken by me, it was taken by the lovely Cliff Seto. A lot of people have asked what it was like in Africa and this shot sums it up so beautifully. We have arrived here at a pygmy village. Many of them haven’t seen white people (or on mass like this anyway). They have been saved by heal africa, who has bought them land because they are constantly harassed by militia and others. Killed, raped, starved etc. They are trying to change centuries old traditions of jungle habitation and killing animals for food with subsistance farming. Heal Africa is teaching them. The huts you see are what they live in (the militia had forced them off this land prior to us getting there and burnt down their huts but they had returned). So let me direct you around the shot. That’s me with my hat turned backwards taking a shot. And yes I have the world’s biggest camera bag because anything of any value has to be on you at all times in Congo. The woman with the visor is my gorgeous big sister who works with Aid groups for a living. Next to her is her husband, Mick who was a volunteer Doctor on the trip. The lady in the blue top & the orange and black backpack with her back to camera is the wonderful Rebecca Zachariah. Another volunteer Doctor/Surgeon. This is her fourth AID trip and she’s going again next year. She has her brilliant pictures on Red Bubble too. The lady in the pink top is Lucy Hobgood-Brown who runs a charity called Hand Up Congo. And the lady to the right of frame is Kath. She’s and ex-teacher who is a superstar on these trips. Shortly after I took the shot I’m composing here I took off my hat because it was hot. The kids freaked and ran for their lives until I coaxed them back. Sometimes I forget how fair I am! Then Rebecca gave them a bit of a fright because the only thing they see less than fair aussies is someone with an asian appearance!! Anyway we were soon all best friends.


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G’day all, my name is Melinda but my mates call me Mel, so feel free. I live by the beach in Elwood, Victoria, Australia. I contribute to a few charities as a Photojournalist, namely HEAL Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Any of my Africa stuff’s profits go to them. So far the sales have bought 7 operations and heaps more so thanks for everyone’s support. I also take a mean beach shot (well try to).

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  • jetsta42
    jetsta42almost 7 years ago

    there is so much going on here and the kids are adorable

  • Mark German
    Mark Germanalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tour, Melinda.
    How wonderful for you to be there and document this. There is sadness, but also joy in this scene. Thanks for bringing a bit of it into our lives :)

  • Heather Meadows
    Heather Meadowsalmost 7 years ago

    really nice shot

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 7 years ago

    Yeah I love the chaos. It’s just a bit of a behind the scenes shot!

  • RonniLeigh
    RonniLeighalmost 7 years ago

    Melinda this is beautiful I can’t get enough of the description and just staring into the photo taking it all in. It looked like you had a lot of attention from the little ones. This is so heart warming and what a beautiful thing all of you did. This is another one of my favorites. I wish this photo was for sell because it shows 2 worlds coming together.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 7 years ago

    It’s for sale now Ronnie…

  • rebecca zachariah
    rebecca zachariahalmost 7 years ago

    Hei Mel, Looks good. Ihave a famous behind now hee..hee….

  • RonniLeigh
    RonniLeighalmost 7 years ago

    Good deal Melinda you just sold one :) Thank you very much! And now I will have a picture of you and Rebecca even if it’s Rebecca’s backside. lol

    Rebecca, I will always remember you from behind whenever I look at the picture. hehehe

  • RonniLeigh
    RonniLeighalmost 7 years ago

    I also bought this one in case you’re wondering who bought it.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 7 years ago

    Thanks so much Ronnie:eigh I’m thrilled.

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