In 1999 I was in southern Ethiopia, when I was asked by a representative of the British Government to photograph the famine that was beginning to unfold. We went to a small town called Kindo Koysha. What I witnessed was something I had only ever seen on TV with Michael Burke, and Live Aid.
I was shooting film, and when I returned to the UK, I had them developed and I was asked if I would be happy to let them be used to help raise money for famine relief. As a result, the British Government committed £20 million in aid for the region.
It was my first experience of the power of photojournalism and how imagery can be a catalyst for change. I recently came across all these images when I stumbled upon an old hard disk whilst having a clear out. This is the first time they have been seen since 1999.
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