London — A long row of school kids are seated on the woodland floor, heads bowed in remembrance of local teachers killed protecting their charges during Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago. It’s a haunting image of what these children have lost, but also what some of them have found: unity.
Award-winning photographer Carol Allen-Storey met the children earlier this year, among 60 young adults she photographed for an exhibition that opened in London on Thursday.
Some bear the stigma of being a child of a killer or a child born of rape. Some were orphaned in the violence, and a few are full-time carers of their deeply traumatised parents.
“I travelled the length and breadth of Rwanda … They all said very simply: ‘If we are not united, we will fail as a nation and we will fall back into war’,” said Allen-Storey, who is UNICEF ambassador for photography.