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Photo exhibition on water justice opens in honor of Earth Day

27 April 2018

“The blood flows and the rivers run dry”, an exhibition on water justice featuring a selection of photographs from different countries across Latin America, was opened by the World Council of Churches (WCC) on 23 April. The exhibition will run at the Ecumenical Center, in Geneva, until 2 May.

As the world observed Earth Day on 22 April, WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) launched the photo exhibition with the intent to shed light on the global water crisis. On this occasion, the WCC welcomed the presence of a delegation from the Church of Sweden in opening the exhibition on behalf of the living fellowship of churches.

As the WCC has chosen Latin America as its focus region for 2018 within its programmatic framework of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, photographer Sean Hawkey went to Latin America in search of water justice stories, on an assignment from the EWN.

The photographs, taken by Hawkey and now on display at the Ecumenical Center, aim to capture the challenges that rural communities are facing in Latin America, a continent rich in water but heavily impacted by climate change. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the burden on the local communities, as their life also becomes harder in a context of intimidation, violence and corruption.

But how can you make a difference through photos or tales? On this question, raised at the opening, Hawkey reflected: “I think value of truth has diminished over the last few years. And I think my work is on the top of that, hoping that by showing the truth we would automatically change it. But evidence of truth doesn’t change the tortum.”

“The social movements and faith-based groups need to take more serious actions”, he added. “But of course, telling the truth, showing the truth, raising awareness, is the beginning for that. “

“Each photograph has a story behind it”, Hawkey explained,“a story that represents a step on our collective pilgrimage of justice and peace”.

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