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Let me introduce you to Simon Rawles

Posted by Amy Christian Iraq Media and Communications Advisor

24th Jul 2013

I would like to introduce you to a very talented photographer, film-maker and friend, Simon Rawles. He has been working with Oxfam since 2011, visiting our programme work and producing films that show both the problems people face in some of the most remote areas of the world as well as some of the amazing work our teams are doing on the ground.

Simon has worked for Oxfam in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gaza and Mali, covering a variety of topics. In November I was lucky enough to travel with him to visit some of our programmes in Cambodia. It was a tough trip with lots to see and lots to do, but we saw some truly innovative programme work and met some very inspiring women. For me, it was an honour to work alongside Simon after two years of commissioning him.

Earlier this month, we found out that Simon had won first prize for Digital Film in the Press Photographer's Year 2013 for the first ever film he made for us in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. The film showed how violent attacks and heightened fear of the Lord's Resistance Army have left people in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo feeling isolated and vulnerable. The LRA's leader, Joseph Kony, is one of the world's most wanted war criminals. Seeing the film again I found it as heartbreaking as the first time. But I am pleased to see that even two years after the film was produced it is still being watched and shared and hopefully inspiring people to take action against injustice.

I wanted to show you the film, which can be viewed on The Press Photographer's Year 2013 website, and some of his photos from a few of the Oxfam programmes Simon has visited:

More about the Democratic Republic of Congo

Watch Simon's film, Congo villagers gripped by LRA terror

Read about Oxfam's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Blog post written by Amy Christian

Iraq Media and Communications Advisor

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