In my blogpost of December 2013 on the Angolan himba boy with albinism suffering from heavy burning wounds near Serra Cafema at the Kunene river, I got an update on his condition from a traveller that visited the region in May 2014. On the picture below the boy is completely covered and he seems in a much better health condition than when I saw him.
Thank you Volker A. for sending me the picture.
If you are going to Wilderness' Serra Cafema camp in Northern Namibia you may want to consider leaving any excess sun protection for the boy. If you have any pictures , I would be very happy if you could share them with me.
In April 2014 I had the opportunity to visit the falcon hospital in Abu Dhabi. It is an impressive facility where the hunting falcons of the sheiks are treated. From clipping and sharpening of the nails over replacement of broken feathers to complicated surgery, the clinique does all of it.
More of my images from my visit to the falcon hospital can be found in this gallery http://www.withinafrica.com/p558133111
I get asked frequently how I manage to photograph people I do not know. In April I was travelling through the empty quarter in the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi and I saw this group of Arab men at the other side of the salt lake taking pictures .
I walked to the other side while photographing my colleagues until I was standing next to the men and then I just smiled and asked if I could photograph them.
My colleague captured my approach to make contact. Thank you Maria-Louisa!
In early April 2014 I was for work in Abu Dhabi. It provided me with the unique opportunity to finally meet my photographer friend Julian John. As I had a free evening Julian took me to the big mosque. Especially in the evening light the mosque provided many fantastic photographic opportunities. I was allowed inside without having to wear an abaya dress as te guard deemed my buff sufficient to qualify as a head scarf. After twenty minutes photographing the inside of the mosque the mullah came to throw me out as he was of a different opinion than the guard and told me to come back in with an abaya.
While Julian was still photographing the inside of the mosque I decided not to search for an abaya but to wait outside instead. I am so happy that I did as I got the opportunity to photograph those muslim women taking pictures with their phones.
The visit to the mosque ended with a great dinner with Julian and his wife. Thank you both! You can check out Julian's great photographs on http://500px.com/sandtasticdays
Wilderness' Serra Cafema camp responded to my blog post on tripadvisor. Thank you so much Serra Cafema for sending the doctor to the albino child and having provided him with protective clothing! I am so happy for the kid that he is getting help.
Here is an extract of the response from Serra Cafema:
"With regards to the young boy, although he does live in a village around the Kunene river he is not from the Serra Cafema community but a nearby village on the Angolan side of the river thus making it somewhat more tricky for us to offer him all the help we can. We at Serra Cafema have given his mother medication as well as hats and protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) to help prevent further damage. The problem is he is a typical little boy who just wants to play with his friends and does not like being bundled up in layers of clothing. Added to that the extreme temperatures that are experienced having to wear several layers upon layers to protect him from the sun becomes unbearable, so off come the protective clothing with dire consequences. This however has not deterred us from helping this child and his ever endeavouring mother, we have called a Doctor out to meet with mother and child and advise them on any medications or alternative solutions which can be employed to prevent the child from further ailments. We would like to thank you for your concern for this child and for asking others to help, as is the Wilderness Safaris way we do put great effort into caring for the local people that live around and near all our camps and it is always inspiring to see guests such as yourself taking as much care for this as we do "