JEHAD NGA - Libya
Kenya’s Turkana tribe is withering in numbers as a drought devastates the Horn of Africa. In a region where little to no aid has reached the affected areas, I chose to document in the clearest light possible the people and faces at risk of disappearing as a result of this seasonal disaster. Sustainability in such unforgiving conditions has always been an inherited way of life. A delicate balance that has for some reached its tipping point. With water sources being strangled by government building plans, the continued life blood for the tribe and their land is in question.
Jehad Nga was born in Kansas in 1976 and raised in Tripoli, Libya and London. While studying literature in Los Angeles in 2001, Jehad began to take an interest in photography, which led him to cover social issues in the Middle East and South-East Asia. In 2002 Jehad returned to New York to become an Emergency Medical Technician while interning at Magnum Photos in New York City. In 2003 Jehad travelled to Iraq on behalf of The New York Times to document the US-led invasion and that autumn went on to Liberia to cover the country’s civil war. In 2003, he gained representation by the Corbis/Sygma Photo agency. He left the agency in 2006 and was added to the list of represented photographers at the M+B Photo Gallery in Los Angeles and the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York. His work joined The Boston Museum of Modern Art’s permanent photo collection in 2008.