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Some Of The Last Images Shot By A Photojournalist Killed in CAR This Week
May 15, 2014
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This week, Camille Lepage was killed in the Central African Republic. The 26-year-old from Angers, France, was covering the region as a photojournalist. Her body was found by peacekeepers inside a vehicle driven by the anti-balaka — the militant Christian group that has been waging war on CAR's Muslim population. The circumstances and reasons for her killing are still unknown.

The crisis in CAR began in March 2013, when a mostly Muslim rebel coalition called Séléka took power and installed rebel leader Michel Djotodia as president of the country. That set off a wave of killing and revenge attacks by Christian militia groups, which has caused many in CAR's minority Muslim population to flee the country. In the months since, the conflict has worsened exponentially, and so has the humanitarian situation in the country where, according to the World Food Programme, more than 1.6 million people are in urgent need of food.

Lepage had spent months documenting the conflict in CAR, and her work had been published in a variety of major French and American newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and Le Monde. Earlier this month, two other journalists were killed in Bangui, the nation's capital.

In an interview with the photography website PetaPixel, Lepage explained why she was drawn to war-torn countries, and why she felt it was important to photograph conflict:

"I want the viewers to feel what the people are going through. I'd like them to empathize with them as human beings, rather than seeing them as another bunch of Africans suffering from war somewhere in this dark continent. I wish they think: `Why on Earth are those people in living hell; why don't we know about it and why is no one doing anything?' I would like the viewers to be ashamed of their government for knowing about it without doing anything to make it end."

In the gallery above, you'll find a few of Lepage's most recent images, which serve to capture the horror of the conflict currently ongoing in the Central African Republic.


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