(Photo: Emily Nkanga)
Photographer Takes Powerful Images Of People Displaced By Boko Haram In Northeast Nigeria
Emily Nkanga is a Nigeria-based communications and multimedia designer as well as an award-winning photographer, who has had her stellar work featured on various media platforms and even got her candids from Jidenna's September 1st show in Lagos featured on the superstar's instagram page.
Last year, she and other graduates of the American University of Nigeria visited camps in Northeast Nigeria to have conversations with the people displaced by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, as part of an ethnographic study.
The pictures she shared from the study were taken with the intent to spark a discourse on the personal implications of war and displacement.
An excerpt from the study says:
"Personal stories of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are not always told as they are usually lost in statistics and media reports of humanitarian responses."
See more amazing shots below and learn more about Emily Nkanga and her work on her website.
"Jane was given birth to in the bush while her mum was running away from Boko Haram. She came out blind."
"The kids improvised ways to play and stay positive."
"Mercy ran away from Boko Haram at a tender age. It took a while before she let anyone hold her. She couldn't sleep."
"He got injured while he and his mum were running away from Boko Haram."
"She volunteered to help with their medical needs. Some of the IDPs had measles."
"All hands were always on deck to cook. Even the kids were not left out."
"Some IDPs sold food stuff within the camp."
"They were excited to take group photographs! Positive vibes only!"
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." - Dalai Lama""
By Daniel Orubo, published on 15/09/2016