French photojournalist killed in CAR

A 26-year-old French photojournalist who had

spent months documenting the conflict in

Central African Republic has been killed, the

French presidency said on Tuesday.

Camille Lepage, a freelance photographer

whose work was published in major French and

American newspapers, died in a village near

the town of Bouar.

"All means necessary will be used to shed light

on to the circumstances of this murder and to

find her killers," the statement said.

Lepage's body was found by French

peacekeepers inside a vehicle that had been

driven by Christian militia fighters, the

statement said. In her last tweet about a week

ago, Lepage said she was embedding with the

fighters known as the anti-Balaka who were

battling the remnants of a Muslim rebellion

known as the Seleka.

"We left at 3:30am to avoid the Misca [African

peacekeeping] checkpoints and it took us 8

hours by motorbike as there is no proper

roads to reach the village," she tweeted.

'Forgotten conflicts'

A native of Angers, France, Lepage also had

worked extensively in Juba, South Sudan,

before moving to the Central African Republic.

In an interview with a photography blog,

PetaPixel, she said she was drawn to covering

forgotten conflicts.

"I want the viewers to feel what the people are

going through, I would like them to empathise

with them as human beings, rather than seeing

them as another bunch of Africans suffering

from war somewhere in this dark continent,"

she said.

Lepage had recently travelled to New York for

a prestigious portfolio review and workshop at

the New York Times. Her work had appeared in

the newspaper, as well as on Al Jazeera, in the

Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and

the Los Angeles Times. She also had sold

images to French newspapers including Le

Monde and Liberation.

Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri met Lepage in

Bangui in December and described her as a

"talented and driven photo journalist, with a

unique eye for the story".

"She was also simply a lovely person, always

willing to share her contacts, and her stories

after a hard day of work," our correspondent

said of Lepage.

"What happened to Camille shows how

dangerous Central African Republic has

become. There are no clear front lines, once

you leave the capital Bangui, you really are in

the hands of the local group that you have

entrusted with your life."


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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