Acclaimed Photographer Puts A New Face on the Rwandan Genocide

Fredrick Ngugi June 04, 2016
Children that were born after 1994 genocide. Photo (

Two decades after experiencing one of world’s most horrific genocides, Rwanda has demonstrated great resolve in restoring peace and coexistence within her borders. In fact, many now regard her as the perfect global model for peace.

This same determination to rise above the darkest moment in Rwanda’s history compelled Pieter Hugo, a South African photographer, to tell the Rwandan story through the eyes of a new generation that was bred in the shadows of animosity and violence, according to the Guardian.

Recognized for his unique, unprejudiced storytelling ability, Hugo creates images of Africa that are different from the usual images of a deprived and suffering continent as portrayed by the mainstream media.

He is well-known for his award-winning series of Nigerian men posing with chained hyenas, one of which was voted the World Press Photo of the year in 2005.

Last Edited by:Deidre Gantt Updated: June 3, 2016


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