Yesterday’s News?


Some stories never make it to the news – no matter how sad and serious they are. Who cares when big money run over the lives of small people? Or even kill them. Nigeria is a place where the suffering of the people hardly makes the news.

For the full story I have done with my colleague Øystein Mikalsen, look up Untold Stories.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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34 Responses to Yesterday’s News?

  1. Patrizia M. says:

    Ho letto la storia completa, non ho parole, sono allibita!!! L’interesse economico prevale su tutto, anche sulla vita umana!! Orribile!!

  2. Kathryn says:

    It’s always easier and pleasanter to focus on pretty and happy things–but those aren’t the reality for the majority of people in the world in their everyday lives. Wealth and comfort are privileges, and until all the people around us have access to them we should never be content to shut our eyes *or* our hearts and hands. I think it’s one of the great privileges *and* responsibilities of being a ‘visual person’ that I can and should never stop being aware of the world and my fellow citizens of it all around me and trying to make life better in any small way I can.

  3. thirdeyemom says:

    Great post. Sad but true. THe news only likes to report what gives them the most money.

  4. janechese says:

    Re: the second sentence – whoa, what a good question!

  5. YellowCable says:

    Indeed, this is sad but true. Going down from the power tower, things get less important.

  6. Dina says:

    Who cares? You make us care! Takk, thank you og Danke für diesen Beitrag, Otto!

  7. Jane Lurie says:

    As I said on you other blog, this is a powerful and disturbing story accompanied by your amazing portrait of this woman.

  8. leecleland says:

    I can’t click the ‘like’ button – there is nothing to like about what humans do for money and power to others who cannot resist but I need to add my voice to the list of those who find these actions unconscionable.

  9. Very moving. Fantastic photo of the woman!

  10. Patti Kuche says:

    The drip drip drip of human misery is only news when ignited by a catastrophe, natural or man made. A tragedy in itself. Thank you Otto for the work you do in highlighting such conditions that are the everyday for too many.

  11. Deb Gale says:

    Thanks for telling this story Otto – it’s necessary to be reminded in words and pictures of the plight of others less fortunate.

  12. Reggie says:

    This and the previous post tell such awful, sad stories of the irreparable damage caused to people and environments by greed and power, Otto… and yet, as you say, this doesn’t often make The News. Tragic…

  13. niasunset says:

    so sad… and true… This is tragic of this century and still we have these pictures… Your photograph talks too dear Otto. Thank you, love, nia

  14. Your advocacy on behalf of these people is admirable. Thanks for telling their stories through your photographs, which speak volumes.

  15. I know, it is so sad and so apparent that Nigeria is on its own. Them and many other nations. Why people of the world do not recognise human suffering as a world-wide, citizen of the world problem is beyond me. Money is a sickness. Thank you for telling the story, however sad.

  16. RobynG says:

    Exceptional portrait!

  17. As always, a beautiful image in its own right, Otto, but a mournful one, too. Offf to read the story…

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