Assignment for War Child
Since April, some 144,000 refugees have fled Burundi following the outbreak of violence and civil unrest surrounding the country’s controversial Presidential election.
For War Child Holland I visited the Burundian refugee camp in Lusenda, South-Kivu, DR Congo. The camp houses over 7,000 refugees, more than half of whom are children. War Child started its psychosocial and educational activities to help these children deal with the trauma they’ve experienced and catch-up education classes to ensure they can continue with their schooling.
In the camp I witnessed the importance and impact of War Child's work. I photographed their activities and interviewed staff members and some of the children involved in the program.
Like the eight-year-old Adrien, who now lives in the camp. His father got killed and his family split up because they were afraid his whole family would be killed. You can read his story here.
Elise (13) was also forced to flee her home in Burundi following this summer’s outbreak of violence. She lives in the camp with her mother. One of her siblings died when they fled. You can read her story here.