Walking around in West Bay in Doha, Qatar with my Xperia Z in hand. Images are shot and edited on the phone.
“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.