The United Nations declared the drought hitting Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. In Somalia, 6.2 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Adrienne Surprenant travelled to Somaliland, one of the hardest hit region. Over the last two years, seasonal rains during Gu (spring) and Deyr (fall) have been scarce. Across the country, 80% of the livestock is dead. The unrecognized government has lost its main source of income. More than 59,000 herdsmen and their families have been forced into an exodus towards cities and villages. More stable than neighboring South-Central Somalia, this small territory is now threatened by another form of violence: climate change’s impact on a traditional way of life in a state lacking the financial means to support its vulnerable population.
Adrienne Surprenant studied photography at Dawson College, before adopting a documentary approach. Her work explores the idea of nationhood and how identity building relates to geography. Her first documentary project, entitled Waiting for the Canal in Nicaragua has been exhibited at Visa pour l’image in 2015. She is part of the Top 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2017 chosen by Photo Boite.