Sharing stories from across the African continent by the talented members of the African Photojournalism Database (APJD).

With over 500 visual storytellers in the APJD community, there is an incredible range and richness in the work of its members. In this edition, Martha Tadesse (Ethiopia) introduces us to Sifrash’s story and her family, Rehab Eldalil (Egypt) shares a collaboration with the community of St. Catherine in South Sinai, Salih Basheer (Sudan) gives insight to the protests in Khartoum, and Youcef Krache (Algiers) documents the many aspects of local ram fights.

‘Sifrash’s Story’ by Martha Tadesse

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Sifrash during her labor at Maksegnit Health Center, Gondar. Sifrash had a four-day labor and was going through so much pain as she walked around the health center. © Martha Tadesse

Martha met Sifrash whilst working on a project for UNICEF Ethiopia on the services available at Maksegnit Health Center in Gondar. Sifrash was pregnant with her first child, and experiencing a difficult and prolonged labour. Struck by Sifrash’s strength and the sense of community and sisterhood, Martha knew #SifrashStory would be an ongoing project of hers. By sharing the stories of Sifrash and her family — including her husband, Mar’eshet, and her new daughter, Edilawit — Martha hopes to address a common, generic narrative of people in the rural areas of Ethiopia. …


Sharing stories from across the African continent by the talented members of the African Photojournalism Database (APJD).

In the first ‘Four to Follow’ of 2019, Noncedo Gxekwa introduces us to couples who live on the street in Cape Town, South Africa; Seif Kousmate calls attention to slavery and discrimination towards Mauritania’s Haratin caste; Ager Oueslati shares Jenny and Gift’s journey from Lagos to Agadès; and Hesham Elsherif brings us to ‘El-Mermah’, a local horse race held annually on a dusty road in Egypt.

‘To Love or Not To Love: The Street View’ by Noncedo Gxekwa

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“I can do it! I will wait for him as long as it takes”, St John Street, 2016. Caroline’s partner has an 18-year sentence. She is waiting for him. They have four kids living at home with Caroline’s relatives. She lives in a make-shift home of plastic bedding on the pavement of St John Street in Cape Town’s city center. She gets strength from some of the friends that she has made over the 11 years that she has spent on the streets. © Noncedo Gxekwa

‘To Love or Not To Love: The Street View’ shares the stories of couples who live on the street in Cape Town, South Africa. It was these individuals’ commitment to each other, even under the strains of ‘hard living’, temporary shelter and ‘below-the-breadline’ income, that led Noncedo to this personal project. …


Sharing stories from across the African continent by the talented members of the African Photojournalism Database (APJD).

This article is part of the ‘Four to Follow’ series, originally published by Witness. Click here to see the rest of the series on Witness.

In this ‘Four to Follow’, meet the CairoRollers, Egypt’s own roller derby team; ask what it means to ‘move on’ for survivors of terrorism and violent conflict in Nigeria; find out about the women working for ‘semolina and gas’ in esparto fields in Tunisia; and glimpse daily life on the streets of the Republic of Congo.

Whilst the issues, regions and approaches of this month’s stories are incredibly diverse, a passion for visual storytelling links the four APJD members — Eman Helal, Nourredine Ahmed, Etinosa Yvonne and Victoire Douniama each began a career in a different field, before deciding to pursue photography full time. …

Josephine Higgins

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