During my senior year in college, I traveled to Rwanda (for the second time), to create a documentary photography project about a group of orphan… Read More
During my senior year in college, I traveled to Rwanda (for the second time), to create a documentary photography project about a group of orphans of the genocide living in the capital city of Kigali. I based my project around four main characters: Jeanette, Innocent, Eugene and Elise. I followed them around for a few days each, photographing the people I met along the way. The images were originally displayed in a geometric mosaic, with the main character in the center of each piece and images of the people I met with them and text written by each subject floating around them.
This is a story of hope. Each of the main characters was orphaned after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that killed nearly 1 million people. They are now all living in Tubeho, a group of reconstituted families--or, groups of people who were placed together by the government into homes after the genocide. Some of my subjects were lucky enough to have siblings or cousins who they lived with, while others were put in charge of groups of kids they'd never met before. Despite the extreme hardships, these four people, along with so many other young people in Rwanda, have fought to succeed and it is evident everywhere around them. Read Less