About the Book
In a world of increasing homelessness, where more people than we have ever known in history are displaced and searching for a home, Umoja is the intimate account of just a few of the voices of the 300,000 children who live on the streets of Kenya. Told through the images of documentary photographer and children's rights worker, Chris J Dade, and in words and pictures from the children themselves, it is a testament to the global issues that many children now face. It is the story of hope found in the most impossible of places, and is a testament to resilience in overcoming the harshness of the contemporary human condition. It tells of the struggle to leave the streets and the successes of starting a new life. It is a call for compassion, unity, and the need to come together in an increasingly dysfunctional world, and offers an insight that is relevant to every life.
Chris Dade has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has had work published in a number of publications including I-D Magazine, National Geographic Traveller and Creative Review. Chris began his career by undertaking a degree in photography, focusing particularly on documentary imagery. This work took him to many countries around the world including India, Nepal, Thailand, Brazil and extensively across Africa. . During these travels, he had the good fortune to enter retreats and gain direct experience of Buddhism and other non-dualistic beliefs which he has always been drawn to. His images have moved from travel photography into something far more personal. He is now using his camera as a way of reflecting his own inner journey. He complements these images with his own writing, which is greatly influenced by the 13th century Sufi mystic, Rumi. www.chrisjdade.com