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Street kids playing 'skippy' with disused iron bar, Democratic Republic of Congo by Melinda Kerr


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These kids are unreal. look at them! They have found a disused iron bar in amongst the lava chunks in Goma, Congo – and they have fashioned into a ‘skipping rope.’ Look at the joy on their faces. Especially the little bloke on the left. Even the girl in the wheelchair is smiling. This is the kind of happiness that takes your breath away. I shot a few of the same scene. They loved it and couldn’t wait to see themselves in the screen on my digital camera. Buy this in any form and the profits go to the Hospital they were playing at.


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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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  • BigFatRobot
    BigFatRobotabout 7 years ago

    Melinda, as usual, a fantastic shot. Kids being kids – beautiful! You must have some stories to tell.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerrabout 7 years ago

    Hi Mike, thanks. Yeah I guess I do. Should probably write ’em down somewhere!

  • BigFatRobot
    BigFatRobotabout 7 years ago

    please do, i will be an avid reader!

  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...about 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with us Melinda.
    Such story telling via the use of images!
    Well done!

  • Nicole Goggins
    Nicole Gogginsabout 7 years ago

    me too! this is truly beautiful, they are sooooo sweet and innocent…

  • Durotriges
    Durotrigesabout 7 years ago

    What a hope-filled image! There’s fun to be had, whatever your circumstances. What a lovely shot! :-D

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerrabout 7 years ago

    Yeah Durotriges-thought I better put in a happy one! ;-)

  • Michelle Shoosmith
    Michelle Shoos...about 7 years ago

    It is amazing the resiliency of children. I love how they will play with anything and be happy. Great jouranalistic piece….

  • jetsta42
    jetsta42about 7 years ago

    Love this Melinda, there’s so much going on and it’s such an energetic natural picture

  • Lost Lost
    Lost Lostabout 7 years ago

    Awesome piece of photography…

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