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Lecturer's lens sees children's troubles.

A lecturer in photo-journalism has been using cameras to reach troubled children in Brazil.

Swansea Institute lecturer Ruth Robinson is currently working on Face To Face, a scheme she set up last year in Uganda.

Working with the Ugandan Society for Disabled Children, she recorded the lives and feelings of the children.

Her latest trip to Brazil was run in conjunction with the charity Everychild and focused on children who had been illegally employed in sugar cane plan- tations. She also worked with children who had suffered domestic and social abuse.

She said, 'The children transmitted an anger and dismay at the lack of government aid and their cameras recorded several areas of hardship, poverty and lack of government interest.

'I first set up this 'alternative' use of documentary photography whist looking for an answer to the problem most charities have nowadays with their appeals, including loss of identity and lack of visual impact.'

Ruth was able to persuade local families to participate in the project and offer a close-up of their lives only an 'insider' could produce.

Ruth is now in the process of setting up several Face To Face projects with the Red Cross, including working in Northern Ireland with children affected by conflict on both sides and another project involving victims of the Omar bombing.

She will also be running the project with wheelchair users and will be working with people affected by HIV/Aids at a project in Brighton.

The Face to Face exhibition is currently on show at Swansea Grand Theatre
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 10, 2004
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