The challenge of the video was to find a narrative backbone that would link the individual stories and experts that could speak specifically about the region as well as climate change and its impacts.
MediaStorm narrowed the focus of the story to the tribes in the Omo River basin, which includes pastoralist groups that rely on the Omo River and Lake Turkana for their survival. Though pastoral communities are fighting over additional fresh water sources, like ponds and wells, this is the most compelling example. Our design team created a series of maps and graphics that help to distinguish the different tribes and their location.
We also worked closely with photojournalist Evan Abramson
, helping to build his technical skills as a videographer and to prepare interview questions with scientists and one UN official. Abramson interviewed several scientist for the project, and together we narrowed the focus of expert interviews to two experts that have spent time living and working in the region.