Above the Optic Fiber

In September 2010, I was invited to Kenya by the CEO of Green Future Ltd, Mr Fred Sewe to photograph the International Coastal Clean-up held at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach in Mombasa. Mr. Sewe has been the International Coordinator of the annual coastal clean-up project in Kenya for the last five years, as part of his agenda of nature conservation. He believes that going green is the future.
Today Mr. Sewe's Organization is one of the leading businesses in East Africa that is trying to create a new reality that will help its people to confront the fast changes in the modern world.
This year’s event was very successful. Thousands of volunteers came in to help clean the 600 Km stretch of beaches in Kenya where 1075 Kg of garbage was collected and sent to the recycle facilities in the country.
Mr. Sewe showed me around his beautiful country from East to West where his company Green Future Ltd has laid thousands of kilometers of fiber optic cables to connect the five East African countries to one sophisticated network.
Unlike many places around the world, where people can easily tell what is under their feet: sidewalk, sewage pipes, or electricity cables, in Africa it is sometimes hard to tell and even hard to believe that millions of dollars worth of fiber optic cables are lying under people’s feet and they totally have no idea about it. We drove 4000 km of highways above fiber optic cables and visited Uganda that is also part of Green future network in East Africa.
Along the highway I sometimes saw the Africa that I know from documentary films and news reports, but this trip taught me that things are not as bad as they are presented in the media. The potential of its people and their rich natural resources are much more promising than what we are taught and made to believe.
With people like Mr. Sewe and his friends in the business, Africa is changing for better and the awareness to recycle and to move on to green energy is taking place. With the help of fast Internet and mobile phones, people stay connected even in the most remote areas and young kids are getting a fair chance to learn and to compete in the modern world.
This project presented in pictures is trying to show the daily life of the common people that are living above and beside the fiber optic cables that have become part of their lives despite the fact most of them still have no idea about what Fiber Optic is all about and how it impacts on their lives and the economy on their country.

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