The project “Silence After Decades of War” focuses on the aftermath of 27 years of conflict in Angola, which came to a standstill in 2002. The war had a devastating impact on society, particularly on food supplies. In the hardest hit areas, like Quito, also known as the “Sarajevo of Africa,” bullet holes adorned every house and corner of the city. The purpose of the photo-essay is to document and raise awareness of the human condition in Angola in order to support aid efforts.
As a photographer, my aim was to use my images and stories to create impact and awareness for the situation. I vividly recall the small graves of children who died due to lack of food and the children’s habit of whispering when talking, as they learned during the war to keep silence in order to avoid being found or shot. Through my images I wanted to capture the heart-breaking conditions, but also showcases the resilience of these children who are determined to make the best of their current situation.
- Published by UNITED NATIONS / UNICEF / Daily Trouw / Telegraph
- exhibited at International peace festival the Hague