Updates as of November 7, 2018

 

Gisimba Memorial Update: Due to de-institutionalization in Rwanda, this famous, former orphanage is now a youth centre.

I led two photography projects at the orphanage. One in 2005 and one in 2006.

I hear news about Gisimba Memorial Centre and the children whom I met there from a child who lived there for many years, Jean de Dieu Ngirabaganwa Jardon www.flickr.com/photos/camera_rwanda/326994230/in/album-72... and www.flickr.com/photos/camera_rwanda/208948003/in/photolis....

 

Here is John de Dieu Ngirabaganwa Jardon in 2006 teaching his brother Eddie how to wield a camera: www.flickr.com/photos/camera_rwanda/328417640/in/photolis... and www.flickr.com/photos/camera_rwanda/328418490/in/photolis...

 

Jean de Dieu Ngirabaganwa Jardon is now a filmaker in Rwanda. He and I remain in contact and I want to share his work with the world! Years ago, Films Without Borders/ filmswithoutborders.org brought him to study in London.

To read more about John's work and to contact him, please go to ngjadon.wixsite.com/home

  

I support The International Rescue Committee, Africa Humanitarian Action, UNICEF, UNHCR, and everyone else (named and anonymous) working tirelessly, responsibly, and humanely to levitate the lives of refugees and displaced persons.

 

As of October 17, 2018, I am currently uploading the 2011 Photography Exhibition at Kiziba Camp (www.flickr.com/photos/camera_rwanda/albums/72157702529085185). The ten refugee photographers showcased here are:

 

Amini Theophile

Ayinkamiye Anuarite

Byishimo J Baptiste

Carine Asha

Gafishi Daniel

Gasabato Nyiramutuzo Clenie

Nzeyimana Christian

Sekarara Augustin

Shabizi Oliver

Umutesi Beatrice

 

Exhibition Sponsors: Joint sponsored project by Africa Humanitarian Action and UNHCR

 

Exhibition Press (2011):

www.unhcr.org/4ec3d2b19.pdf

africahumanitarian.org/files/2011AR.pdf

 

I wish also to acknowledge Nikon and Apple not for any sponsorship but for their portable products and technology.

 

Please contact me if you are interested in using my photographs. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2005, 2006, 2011 Kresta K.C. Werner.

 

By Africa Humanitarian Action:

"Concept: Too often refugees are reduced to numbers and statistics – victims of circumstance, a description which fails to acknowledge the multifaceted nature of their experiences.

 

AHA presents the more complex reality of life as a refugee, through a series of portraits and inspiring stories from refugees at Kiziba Camp, Rwanda, about survival, strength, empowerment and dignity. These inspiring persons are our heroes. The world needs more of them."

  

Years ago I was approached by this extraordinary Club which continues to document and educate:

umuziphotoclub.blogspot.com/

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Kiziba Refugee Camp in Rwanda

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Kresta is a digital storyteller. The best. She connects with the people in her photographs and her images almost read their thoughts. If in doubt, just look at the eyes.

November 29, 2006

Luckly i found your work, about one year ago, during my first weeks on flickr. Since then, I've been watching your extraordinary stream growing better and stronger everyday. On flickr today, where so many people sees photography only as an "aesthetic decoration product", it's a pleasure to keep finding you still commun… Read more

Luckly i found your work, about one year ago, during my first weeks on flickr. Since then, I've been watching your extraordinary stream growing better and stronger everyday. On flickr today, where so many people sees photography only as an "aesthetic decoration product", it's a pleasure to keep finding you still communicating with light.

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September 25, 2006

This girl and her pictures are amazing and we must respect and admire them. This work is fantastic and has somekind of intensity and heart that makes us think about what really matters in life...The eyes of these children can tell a hundred of stories....

August 17, 2006
Eurotrash says:

Every photo she takes conveys an amazing amount of information. She manages to caputure everything beautiful, happy and sad in the eyes of these fantastic children. I wish that I had one-tenth of the fortitude that she obviously has to work on this. I am grateful to camera_rwanda for reminding me on a daily basis what … Read more

Every photo she takes conveys an amazing amount of information. She manages to caputure everything beautiful, happy and sad in the eyes of these fantastic children. I wish that I had one-tenth of the fortitude that she obviously has to work on this. I am grateful to camera_rwanda for reminding me on a daily basis what the bigger picture is. Thanks!

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August 9, 2006

Revisiting Camera-rwanda again!...and still I feel deeply moved by the photography, the situation, the people and their spirit ...completely inspirational.

April 23, 2006
Jen says:

Your work continues to inspire me. I was on a road trip with some friends the other day, doing my best to describe your photography, and that is when I realized the impact your work is having on total strangers. The word that describes your photography is UNFORGETTABLE.

March 14, 2006
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camera_rwanda is not just a quick stop on flickr to the next photographer, but it is a journey you must take. through kresta king cutcher's eyes, you will be reminded that humanity and compassion are a universal necessity. that belonging can be bridged with an open and caring hand. that friendships can be forged with… Read more

camera_rwanda is not just a quick stop on flickr to the next photographer, but it is a journey you must take. through kresta king cutcher's eyes, you will be reminded that humanity and compassion are a universal necessity. that belonging can be bridged with an open and caring hand. that friendships can be forged with a smile and a camera. and that truth and love can set one free. i applaud kresta's brave quest and thank her for sharing her life with us via a viewfinder, one click at a time.

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February 8, 2006

Camera-rwanda is a woman with an extraordinary gift. The gift of compassion. Of course she is an extraordinarily talented photographer; but more than that she is a woman with the eye to reveal to us the beauty in the world and the courage to show us the way to help create more.

January 17, 2006

Syrion Koan Underground Nite. Make it a Mandala. You can do it, when the Rainbow Sutra it. Good 2 the last Haiku. Time 2 make da Koan, my darling Kresta

November 13, 2005

Kresta is someone who walks the walk. I am better for seeing her photos. She is a jewel!

October 29, 2005

Here is the text we add to our site when we see the photos of camera_rwanda and the beautiful and important things she is doing : "Chaque jour, partout, ici et ailleurs, des gens font le maximum pour influer sur un changement social. On les voit peu car la presse en parle peu. Ecolonews.info a décidé de suivre cell… Read more

Here is the text we add to our site when we see the photos of camera_rwanda and the beautiful and important things she is doing : "Chaque jour, partout, ici et ailleurs, des gens font le maximum pour influer sur un changement social. On les voit peu car la presse en parle peu. Ecolonews.info a décidé de suivre celles et ceux qui nous font partager leurs photos. Camera_rwanda fait partie de ces gens qui aiment les gens qui aiment les gens..." It means (roughly) : "Every day, everywhere, here and overthere, there are people who do all their best for social change. We can't see them because mainstream rarely talk about them. Ecolonews.info decides to follow those who share their photos. Camera_rwanda is one of the people who love people who love people..." ecolonews.info est a french news and open publishing site about social an environmental ecology.

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October 16, 2005