Esther Ruth Mbabazi

Coming of Age Amidst Conflict
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Nationality: Ugandan
Biography: Esther Ruth Mbabazi is a photographer based in Kampala, Uganda. Esther uses storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society. Coming from a humble background, her work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a... MORE
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Coming of Age Amidst Conflict
Copyright Esther Mbabazi 2023
Date of Work May 2016 - Ongoing
Updated May 2019
Topics Adolescence, Beauty, Civil Wars, Community, Documentary, Editorial, Emotion, Photography, Photojournalism, Reporting, Youth
The photo essay documents what life is like growing up in South Sudan, a country that has been in conflict since its Independence in 2011 and for decades before. For the series, I focus on photographing young people under 30 years of age as I explore how different / similar being a youth is in different locations even with different backgrounds. I wanted to explore and see how these young people stay sane amidst all the insecurities and conflicts that have affected their lives directly. This is an image of South Sudan that is usually under-looked and left out. It is a documentation of everyday life out of South Sudan. This is a chapter continuation of my longterm project documenting youths of Africa as the purely young continent continues to grows.
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