Stay Standing

On October 4, 2014 thousands of people in 137 cities, throughout the world, took part in “The Global March For Elephants and Rhinos.” The world came together in solidarity to march as one voice against the poaching of elephants which is killing more than 35,000 elephants every year and more than 1,000 rhinos, yearly. Unequivocally, “Their only hope for survival lies in an immediate end to the ivory and rhino horn trade (both “legal” and “illegal”) and the chance to recover from decades of mass slaughter.” The dedication above, written by Kagendo Mbogori, expresses the solemnity of this great loss.

Stay Standing. By Kagendo Mbogori

African elephants are in decline, poachers ruthless as ever. But when you watch these beautiful giants one recognizes a certain peace about them, as though they refuse to entertain the idea of impending death. They stand, so firmly planted on the ground. I took this picture and staring at it now it had me thinking. Maybe it’s not about the fight you put up, maybe it’s about the recognition you award yourself when you stop long enough to realize you’re still standing.


Author Kagendo Mbogori

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