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Shining a Spotlight on the Central African Republic

Despite great need, the Central African Republic has often been overlooked by aid organizations and the media. “Perhaps it’s because of its hyper literal name,…or because it’s overshadowed by better known neighbors more likely to find their way into headlines,” the Central African Republic has stayed out of the spotlight and off of the list of priorities for those who can help, says Phil Zabriskie, editorial director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) , in a recent webcast in connection with “Central African Republic: Uncertain Tomorrow,” a show of photographs by photojournalist William Daniels. The show of more than 40 images, which is installed in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO and nearby at 60 Water Street until April 30, aims to bring attention to the country, one of the poorest in the world, which has been further destabilized by ongoing violence caused by political and religious conflict. The show collects images from 10 trips made over the past three years. Daniels first visited the country on his own in 2013, around the time of renewed violence between Christians and Muslims; the images he sent back quickly led to an assignment from TIME, which, together with National Geographic, have published Daniels’s images from CAR. They depict the country’s struggling, often non-existent medical infrastructure and its results; residents of displacement camps and crowded enclaves and those fleeing to Cameroon, Chad and Democratic Republic of Congo; and members of warring militias. The show, sponsored by Doctors Without Borders, (with support from United Photo Industries, NYC Department of Transportation’s Artervention Program, DUMBO Improvement District (BID) and Two Trees Management), aims to raise awareness about the country’s problems. Says Daniels in the webcast, “When you’re a photographer, you want to touch people, …to make some connection…This country deserves much more coverage. The more we talk about this country, the more maybe we can get funding.”

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