I am Lior Sperandeo, an Israeli visual artist and the proud founder of SHANITA.org.
A decade ago, my life took an unforgettable turn as a young photojournalist, drawn by the heart-wrenching narratives of humanitarian crises in Africa. From witnessing the struggles in refugee camps to facing the devastating impact of natural disasters, droughts, and famine, I ventured into the continent through its bleeding back door.
What I encountered was nothing short of transformative. The myths and stigmas surrounding this land for centuries were shattered before my eyes. The people I met exuded an unwavering spirit, boundless resilience, and an overflowing abundance of laughter and compassion. Their strength and warmth painted a different reality—one far removed from the one I was initially sent to document.
My journey led me to the indomitable souls of Karamoja, Uganda.
Nestled in the very heart of this remarkable country, I found not just a dwelling place but a profound sense of purpose.