Bloodline: AIDS and Family

Bloodline: AIDS and Family

Intimate look at the harsh reality of the AIDS pandemic in Africa reminds us how tenuous our connection is to each other.

The AIDS pandemic continues to devastate sub-Saharan Africa, having already claimed over thirty million lives. Twelve million children have lost at least one parent. The statistics are staggering, but this award-winning MediaStorm project goes beyond numbers, and tells the individual stories of the unfolding catastrophe, reminding us of how tenuous our connection is to each other. Through powerful photographs and video, we learn that what matters most is the care we give to those in need.

Photojournalist Kristen Ashburn documented the impact of the disease from 2001 onward, spending months with families to chronicle their struggle with HIV/AIDS. The African social landscape, forever altered by the AIDS pandemic, is memorialized in her powerful collection of imagery.

Pictures of the Year International Competition, Second Place, Best Multimedia News Story or Essay .

LENGTH: 12:22

Photography, video and audio: Kristen Ashburn
Production: Brian Storm, Eric Maierson, Pamela Chen, Elodie Mailliet
Production assistance: Tamara Porras, Natalie Brasington