Day 16~ April 16th~ Congo

depth

Some images print themselves in our minds and on our hearts because they affect us beyond the surface of visual impression. They go deep, they etch a mark on our soul…

If you were to ask me what moment in my journey to Congo was the most haunting, I would say this one when I took this photograph. This child was one of the youngest in the center for demobilized child soldiers. He never spoke, he just stood there and let his eyes that stared without blinking, the scar on his chin and his cloud of melancholy speak for him. His gaze was steady, his look far but near, his mind unreadable. It was a child who spent far too much time in the playground of the lords of war and cruelty.

16 thoughts on “Day 16~ April 16th~ Congo

  1. To me, his face looks older than it should be… Or maybe hardened — from all the unfortunate things he’s already experienced at such a young age. I despise seeing the innocent–the children–our future caught up in events they did not cause.

  2. All the more poignant because he is wearing a teeshirt with a cartoon character with baseball and glove ( looks like that to me anyway) I don’t suppose this child has seen too much playing..

  3. The intensity in the eyes are haunting … and not knowing any of the thoughts just adds to the experience – and all from someone wearing the innocence of a Fred Flintstone t-shirt.

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