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Sergio da Silva

Sergio Joao Francisco da Silva was born in Chimoio, Manica province, a central area of the country. He is 46 years of age, married, and has five children.

Sergio worked for seven years at Radio Mozambique as a sound technician and reporter, during which time he developed his passion for photography. In 1980, he worked for a timber company creating photos intended to promote and protect natural resources.

From 1987 to 1994 he worked at Save the Children, a Norwegian organization, where he covered the civil war in a central area of Mozambique. Through his photos, he documented the war's affects on children and efforts by both national and international humanitarian aid organizations to reunite families and repatriate approximately 1 million and a half refugees.

In 1995, Sergio created the Image Centre of Manica, with an objective of archiving images addressing political, social, and economic issues, particularly in the central área of Mozambique.

To spread the mandate and activities of the Centre, in 1998 , he created GESOM - Grupo de Educaçao Social de Manica–with the goal of promoting civic education using audio visuals and addressing such issues as health, resources, and culture. To support this goal, GESOM established Community Radio, a Cultural Centre, and a mobile audio-visual mobile unit.

GESOM will be partnering with Venice Arts and the African Millennium Foundation, traveling the youths' exhibit through Mozambique.


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