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National Theatre plays host to major charity photography show

Published: Saturday 1st of November 2008

The celebrated cultural institution that is the National Theatre in London is the backdrop for a groundbreaking new photography exhibition, in conjunction with Oxfam.

World-famous portrait photographer Rankin travelled with the charity to the impoverished and war-torn African nation of Democratic Republic of Congo to photograph ordinary people and show another, human face of life in the country.

The exhibition is called Cheka Kidogo – which means 'laugh a little' in Swahili, the official Congolese language – and has been lauded as a hugely influential step in giving the public a unique insight into the plight of the country's people.

The subjects of the conflict are portrayed as human beings above all else, making a seemingly-distant situation more tangible and accessible to people living in the developed world, in the hope that greater international attention can help bring an end to one of the most deadly civil wars taking today.

Oxfam is one of the world's largest charities and is involved in several major campaigns the world over. Its website has a map pinpointing what it describes as emergency situations in an effort to highlight the spread of injustice and warfare on an international scale.

Visitors taking in the Oxfam exhibition can also enjoy a backstage tour around the National Theatre, benefitting from free admission production of their LondonPass, saving adults £5 and children £4.

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