Vanessa Nakate: Ugandan climate activist edited out of photo with whites

Vanessa Nakate: Ugandan climate activist edited out of photo with whites

- Vanessa Nakate said her photo and messages after a press conference on climate issues were left out of the final stories by a section of Western media

- The AP which was one of the outlets accused has since removed the cropped photo and said it had no "ill motives"

- The 23-year-old's post sparked a heated debate on Twitter with some supporting her while others said it was not a "big deal"

A Ugandan climate activist has accused the media in Western countries of racism after she was cropped out of a photo taken with her white peers in Davos, Switzerland.

In an emotional video statement on her Twitter page, Vanessa Nakate said her photo and messages after a press conference on climate issues were left out of the final stories.

Nakate had held the conference on Friday, January 24, alongside fellow climate activists Greta Thunberg, Loukina Tille, Luisa Neubauer and Isabelle Axelsson.

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Ugandan climate activist edited out of photo with whites

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate was edited out of photo with whites after a press conference.
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"We don't deserve this. Africa is the least emitter of carbons, but we are the most affected by the climate crisis...You erasing our voices won't change anything. You erasing our stories won't change anything.

"I don't feel ok right now. The world is so cruel," she said.

The AP which has since removed the cropped photo, however, said it had no ill motives.

"The photographer was trying to get a picture out fast under tight deadline and cropped it purely on composition grounds because he thought the building in the background was distracting," the news agency's director of photography, David Ake, said.

Ugandan climate activist edited out of photo with whites

Vanessa Nakate said she now understands the real meaning of racism. Photo: Ruhdie Lowe.
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Her video had been watched 258,000 times and shared by thousands of others by the time of going to press.

Her post sparked a heated debate on Twitter with some supporting her while others said it was not a "big deal".

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a total number of 400 new species were discovered in 2019 by experts at the Natural History Museum, including a beetle that was named after teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg.

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The naming of the species was done by a London-based museum. Among the list are 171 beetles.

There were also newfound lichens, marsupials, snakes and long-extinct dinosaurs, as scientists warned that the species.

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