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A Change is in the Air - the threatened life of Pastoralism in Uganda

It’s not every day you get to witness the eerie silence of herding hundreds of cows and goats as the sun sets in Uganda, drink warm cow’s milk from dark-black polished smoked wooden pots, sit on smooth flattened Friesian hides in thatched mud huts in the half-light while a tropical storm blows furiously outside, or listen sitting huddled together with Bahima women and their herder men while they sing and dance the beauty of their traditional Ankoli cows, or walk through wet red earth smelling the rising perfume of flowers releasing their scent in the damp evening air to reach a home of a tribal head of a cooperative. Photojournalist and writer, Vanessa Champion has a bit of a reputation as a serial traveller. Her most recent trip took her on expedition with International NGO PENHA (Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa) across Uganda visiting and documenting the Pastoralists that PENHA work with.

The photographs document not only Pastoralist bucolic living, at once idyllic and tough but also the advance of modernity and the necessity for these gentle people to keep up with change. A percentage of the profits go to PENHA.

The books with her photographs can be both sampled and obtained from Blurb, her publishers, here.

Vanessa's photos can also be seen in the Royal Photographic Society's website. They can be seen here.

Ancholi cattle in UgandaPastoralist woman in cattle market in Uganda

Two of the images captured by Vanessa Champion on her visit to Uganda with PENHA.