A photo speaks 1000 words!
A true phrase that came into play after a young freelance photojournalist Abdallah Mohammed Salim used his third eye to capture what other professional photojournalist covering the unfolding at the Likoni ferry channel couldn’t see.
Mr. Salim is the young photojournalist behind the photograph of a mother and young daughter in makeshift plastic masks queueing at the Likoni ferry channel waiting to cross to the mainland south.
Little did he know that he is above the ‘experienced’, Salim who was moved by the sad scene of a desperate woman trying to protect herself and her young daughter from the deadly Coronavirus that has also hit Mombasa County.
In the delicate Likoni ferry crossing channel where some measures have been put in place to ensure ferry users embrace social distance, wash hands using clean running water with soap and as well nose and mouth masks to prevent themselves from contracting the virus, Salim swung into action.
The photo went viral through the Social media and the most selfless Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is actually looking for the family so that he can extend his boldheart.
[The exclusive photograph that was taken by Photojournalist Abdallah Mohammed Salim at the Likoni ferry channel. Photo/courtesy/Abdallah Mohammed Salim].
However, little do such politicians recognise the efforts of the photojournalists behind all the efforts, creativity and publicity, reminding me of the once famous story of the ‘Githeri man’.
Salim well known as ‘Hearts Caller’ is a Member of Swahilipot Hub, a technology and art centre based in Mombasa and he has indulge himself in community service and volunteerism at both the hub and at the Kenya Red Cross Society, Mombasa branch.
“I saw the sad scene and leart the economic struggle this woman could be going through to an extent of cutting a plastic bottle only to protect her family,” said Salim in an evident pained but heroic facial expression.
Mr. Salim has been under the mentorship of Swahilipot Hub Patron and the Kenya Red Cross Mombasa branch Chairperson Mr. Mahmoud Noor, a youth Mentor he would always reckon.
Most of his pears and circles have urged those moved by the photograph to not only sympathise and help the woman but look for the volunteer and community servant behind such outstanding photojournalism.
“I wanted to paint a clear picture of the magnitude of the global pandemic, if such a woman can go such an extra mile in protecting herself and her family, why should one ignore the simple government safety and health guidelines in protecting themselves?” posed the self-made photojournalist.
The government has been urging Kenyans to observe social distancing, washing hands with clean running water with soap and using sanitisers among other personal hygiene rules.
The COVID-19 cases in the country now stand at 59.
[More reports by Steven Mwalili].