Salih Basheer
SUDAN
Salih Basheer (Sudan, 1995) is a street and documentary photographer who graduated from the Department of Geography at College of Arts in Cairo University. During the course of his studies in Egypt he had the chance to meet many photojournalists covering stories despite restrictive freedom of speech under the prevailing political environment. This gave him inspiration to carry out similar work in Sudan, where he is from. By taking photos Salih keeps his passion alive every single day. He realized photojournalism and documentary is the true power of changing and rewriting history in different narratives, the narratives of people’s who lives in turbulent situations and events around them, Salih seeks to be their voices and their narrator. The wanted to show that he could also cover stories, despite all the difficulties faced by the photojournalists.
Voice of Sound
What I remember the most from my days in the Khalwa are the whips on my back and the sweet taste of sugarcane. Assembled into the roof of our hut, and protecting us from the sun, we ate the sugarcane not only for its taste, but to answer hunger’s call. And we were usually punished — whipped — for doing that. I remember when my brother vanished for three days after throwing a stone at the Sheikh. Most of my memories from Khalwa are bitter.d. This project, entitled Voice of Sound, documents the complexities of attending in a Khalwa —a Quranic school in Sudan from a perspective of someone who has been through the system. Hamish Kurabe Khalwais is home to more than ten thousand students, the majority of them having been forcibly enrolled.The entirety of the small city, located in eastern Sudan, was established to teach the Holy Quran. Some Sudanese families enroll their children in the Khalwa for lessons to be learned from its harsh conditions (as described above).From the students’ facilities to their well-beings, the conditions that they must endure are, to put it mildly, unsettling. , For instance, they — mostly young boys and men between the ages of 13 and 20 — are faced with overcrowded rooms, inadequate drinking water and no health care system. The school accepts students with physical and/or cognitive disabilities whose parents struggle to care of them and/or are stigmatised by their community. Historically, the Khalwa was the main educational system in Sudan. But nowadays, they have become a form of punishment against young minds who deserve to practice their human right to education in a dignified atmosphere.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.