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New e-Book: `In Search of Home’ by Greg Constantine and Stephanie Hanes

In Search of Home

In Search of Home

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has recently published a new e-book entitled `In Search of Home’ with photography by Greg Constantine and reporting by Stephanie Hanes.

To get the technical bit out of the way first.  This is an e-book which is currently available to download from iTunes for use on an iPad using iBooks 2.0 or later on an iPad. iOS 5.0 or later is required.  The official description describes the work as:

This award-winning* e-book focuses on an under-reported global crisis: statelessness. People who are stateless are not refugees, not exactly. Often they are living in their homes in a country they consider to be their own. Yet they are stateless—without the basic right to get an education, to work in the legal economy, receive health benefits, get married, vote or own property. The cause is often rooted in religion or ethnicity, but even when the stateless are not actively persecuted, they remain the most vulnerable. With reporting by Stephanie Hanes, and photography by Greg Constantine, this interactive book takes you on a journey to visit the stateless people of Kenya, Burma and the Dominican Republic. *Honorable Mention, NPPA’s Best Photojournalism 2013, Tablet Category*
(Source:  iTunes – bit.ly/13x6wzs).

Photographer Greg Constantine and reporter Stephanie Hanes have taken thisin search of home 1 opportunity to provide a very worthwhile and intriguing study on the impact of statelessness, focusing upon those stateless–people without nationality or citizenship within Kenya, Burma, and the Dominican Republic. Presented in this relatively new iBook format, this provides a new interactive way to explore the complexity of the global issue of statelessness.

Constantine argues:

“Stateless people are some of the most neglected, vulnerable and invisible people in the world today and statelessness is one of the most complex, politically sensitive and devastating human rights issues most people don’t know about,” Constantine said. “It is a story and an issue that demands attention. Exposing how this condition impacts individuals, families and entire communities has been my primary motivation these past seven years.”
(Source: “In Search of Home” Receives Honorable Mention in 2013 NPPA Awards).

in search of home 4This e-book stems from the Pulitzer Center project “Statelessness: A Human Rights Crisis,” a reporting project by Hanes and Constantine that explores the world-wide phenomenon of statelessness by looking at how the international community is defining, and responding, to this human-rights crisis.  Focusing on the plight of the approximately 12 million stateless people across the world, this work utilises a multi-media platform to incorporate both photographs and narratives to illicit and contextualize the notions of statelessness as they impact upon the individual, whilst at the same time, highlighting the need for an international response to the growing problem that statelessness provides.

The importance of this work cannot be over-stressed and it is refreshing to see the use of new multi-media methods being employed  in just a worthy cause.  Indeed, the use of the-e-book format as allowed for an interaction between the narrative and photographic material to provide greater clarity and depth to the work and as Hanes argues,  “The e-book format allows for far more nuance and background information than a traditional print piece. There is an ability to truly incorporate photos, maps, and historical information. Overall, it allows for an excitingly textured new way of story-telling.” (Source: GUEST POST: Stories of Statelessness – Burma, the Dominican Republic and Kenya).

The The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has also produced an Educator’s Guide to “In Search of Home” E-book, which can be downloaded from the link below.  This educator’s guide provides:

The Educator’s Guide to In Search of Home (available for download below) has questions and assignment ideas to help guide classroom discussions before, during and after the visit.

Click here to download the full Educator’s Guide.

Further Information:

In Search of Home on iTunes – http://bit.ly/13x6wzs

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reportinghttp://pulitzercenter.org/

Greg Constantine Official Website – http://www.exiledtonowhere.com/

Further News Stories – “In Search of Home” Receives Honorable Mention in 2013 NPPA Awards; and “In Search Of Home” E-Book Live in iTunes.

Image Gallery:
(Images Copyright to Greg Constantine/iTunes.).