Somaliland for Shelterbox

Olly Burn

Four leading photographers Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace collaborated with the charity Shelter Box, photographing the communities aided by the charity’s emergency disaster relief, and helping them pay tribute to the incredible hope and strength of the people.

Olly travelled to Somaliland where he documented the impact of the severe drought on the country’s nomadic population, where many have lost up to 70% of their herds.

“I was apprehensive ahead of the trip to Somaliland. Not only because it was a completely new experience for me, but I was also concerned about capturing images of hope and strength when the drought had been so severe and causing so much suffering. But my concerns faded when we reached the remote villages.
The villagers were so welcoming. It was a truly unique and beautiful experience spending time with these nomadic tribes who culturally are so far from the way of life we’re used to. It was the incredible character, warmth and resilience of the people we met that made the essence of ‘Hope and Strength’ almost impossible not to capture.” – Olly Burn