“So what we’re talking about here is human rights. The right to live like a human. The right to live, period. And what we’re facing in Africa is an unprecedented threat to human dignity and equality.” – Bono
“Africa is a continent in flames. And deep down, if we really accepted that Africans were equal to us, we would all do more to put the fire out. We’re standing around with watering cans, when what we really need is the fire brigade.” – Bono
“The fact is that ours is the first generation that can look disease and extreme poverty in the eye, look across the ocean to Africa, and say this, and mean it. We do not have to stand for this. A whole continent written off – we do not have to stand for this.” – Bono
“Africa and its people are the most written about and the least understood of all of the world’s people. This condition started in the 15th and the 16th centuries with the beginning of the slave trade system. The Europeans not only colonialized most of the world, they began to colonialize information about the world and its people.” – John Henrik Clarke
With the horrific violence in Central African Republic still going on, UNICEF estimates that some 6000 children are forced to serve as child soldiers; 7 out of 10 children in CAR stop going to school and the conflict forced aid agencies to stop the malnutrition treatment programs. With only one pedriatic hospital in the country , located in Bangui, medical care has become almost impossible to access. Aid agencies also report that children have increasingly become victims of direct vicious attacks.
The children in these images made the trip to safety across the Oubagui river and now live in Boyabu refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Out of almost 60,000 people who fled the Central African Republic across the Oubangui River to the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 29,000 live in refugee camps – about one-third of whom are under the age of 18.
Around Libenge, a town in Sud-Ubangi District in the Democratic Republic of Congo . I took this shot in the local market. The boys were very curios about my camera.
Libenge, DRC. Walking around the dusty dirt roads of this little town in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I found these children just sitting down in the shade of the house. They looked like they were patiently waiting for the food that was on the fire. I think it was the same house were i photographed a single child earlier in the day.
Zongo, DRC. It was a big crowd around the local Imam’s house. It was the Friday morning time for prayer and his yard was full with refugees from Central African Republic that Imam helps. These four boys were eager to pose for me. They picked the place and the poses and I just took the photos.