Killed by a Somalia mob at the age of 22, Dan Eldon led a unique life.
At 7 years old his family moved to Kenya for his fathers’ work.
After a few years they left Kenya and moved back to the London.
However, the memories, people, and social events were pieces they brought back with them.
Since graduating high school, Dan enrolled at Pasadena City College and started the Student Transport Aid. He raised $17,000 to go with the group to help a refugee camp in Malawi.
This was the start of many trips back and forth between the states and Africa, totaling over 40 countries at the end of his life.
At one point, Dan hears about a famine in Somalia and decides to go with an aid group.
There he documents and alerts the world to this devastating famine.
As many as 1,000 people a day were starving to death when Newsweek, Time, and many international daily newspapers began to pick up Dan’s images.
To take such levels of action, is indicative of a strong mission, fire, and why strong enough to take enormous risk.
“To explore the unknown and the familiar, distant and near and to record in detail with the eyes of a child, any beauty, (of the flesh or otherwise) horror, irony, traces of utopia or Hell. Select your team with care, but when in doubt, take on some new crew and give them a chance. But avoid at all costs fluctuations of sincerity with your best people.”– Dan’s Mission Statement
Dan, I respect you.
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