Visiting photojournalist Nidaa Husain examines impact of gun violence in Philadelphia: Join us for the exhibit

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Movita Johnson Harrell, left, who lost her own son to gun violence in Philadelphia, comforts the mother of 20-year-old Montel Royster, who was shot to death in May. The mothers met at an event organized earlier this month by Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Nidaa Husain.

For the past few weeks, South African photojournalist Nidaa Husain has been spending time with some of Philadelphia’s leading gun violence reduction groups, meeting survivors and those bereaved, and working together to share their stories in photographs.

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A recently bereaved mother rubs a button with pictures of loved ones lost to gun violence during a grief support meeting at Mothers in Charge, a violence prevention, education and intervention organization in Philadelphia. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Nidaa Husain.

Husain, 24, of Johannesburg, is visiting on a fellowship from Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, and is working in partnership with the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

The resulting body of work takes the viewer inside grief support meetings with Mothers in Charge, to a public memorial and call to action led by Heeding God’s Call and on the street with violence interrupters from Philadelphia Ceasefire. Come back to view the complete project in the coming weeks.

Please join us for an exhibit and reception on July 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Annenberg Hall’s atrium, at 2020 N 13th Street, on the main campus of Temple University.

Tears flow during a recent gried support meeting at Mothers in Charge. Photograph by Nidaa Husain.

Tears flow during a recent grief support meeting at Mothers in Charge. Photograph for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Nidaa Husain.


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