For its anniversary year, the fund asked a group of photographers from the Magnum agency to take pictures of children in some of the 50 countries in which it works; pictures of children in their normal surroundings, not deliberately posed. Anybody who thought the Fund worked principally overseas will be surprised to see how much it does here. Eli Reed went to Leeds, where SCF works with the council to support children in care, to Darlington and to the Deptford Family Resource Centre in London. Martine Franck went to Strabane, in'Northern Ireland, and Ian Berry to Pakistan. Ferdinando Scianna photographed children in Mali, where the fund runs immunisation projects, seed distribution and feeding centres. He also went to Vietnam, where in Ho Chi Minh City SCF runs homes for street children, and is investigating the incidence of HIV and Aids.
At its most basic, the Fund aims to protect every child's right to childhood. On the following pages are a small selection of the pictures, and on page 15, a new documentary poem by Blake Morrison.Reuse content