Entry Title: "Trip to ZAMBIA. Tribute to LOVE!"
Name: Xiomara Bender , Germany
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story, Student
Entry Description: Theses photographs where taken in Mfuwe/Zambia in a local school called Chiwawatala Day School on a day the Bush Dr. Cathy Love from Australia was giving vacination for tetanus, tablets for deworming and they where also screened for bilharzia. I was priviledged to take photos of these children and moments.
Story: Fascinating landscapes, impressive wildlife, heartwarming people; this is Zambia. But Zambia is also a country with one of the highest incidences of HIV and infant mortality worldwide. Here we can find people like Dr. Cathy Love, an Australian from Victoria who is devoted to this country and its people and - despite the inevitable hardship - follows her calling as a doctor and works tirelessly to give the children in Mfuwe/Zambia new hope for some kind of future.
It is a privilege to meet people like her, a modest unassuming heroine living and working in a blind spot of our otherwise omnipresent objective lenses. My privilege! I travelled to Zambia in March 2013 wrapped in professional curiosity, and returned with a demanding load of humility in my baggage. Back to an opulent, sated society where life is said to begin at 40, whereas in Zambia the statistics say it already ends at this age. Due to cost concerns Dr. Love has to use a serum which protects her child patients for just one year. In the so-called civilized world where our wealth is taken for granted our children obtain a serum with ten year duration without a passing thought.