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Effacer le Tableau
Photographer: keith harmon snow
Exhibit Title: Effacer le Tableau
Location: Central Africa
Countless forces have perpetrated war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Africa's great lakes region. The almost permanent insecurity and violence in the region is driven by corruption, dictatorship, and the global demand for natural resources.
Armed conflict and related violence have plagued the border states of the eastern DR Congo; these include tortures, abductions, disappearing, coupled with starvation, poverty, sexual crimes, forced labor.
Effacer le Tableau roughly translates to "erasing the board" and it is one of many brutal military campaigns that brought unspeakable atrocities upon the local populations; atrocities still occur, throughout the great lakes region, and the climate of insecuirty and impunity persists today. Meanwhile, proper documentation, collection of testimonies and preservation of evidence is lacking.
This ongoing long term project documents war and related desperation and survival. It roughly began with my first journey into Zaire by bicycle in 1991, and it has followed the lives of some of the people seen herein, and it will continue to do so. It also seeks to explore truth, responsibility, accountability and possible reconciliation.
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