The situation for children in Rwanda after the genocide has been difficult. Many of them live alone in homes without parents, and often the older children in these child-headed households struggle to take care of younger children. Other children are surviving alone on the streets or living in orphanages. Still others have been detained in re-education centers.
Photo by Donald Miller (Used with permission.) See more photos of Rwanda
in his Photo Gallery.
Photographer, Vanessa Vick, illustrates their struggles in three photo essays published in a The New York Times feature: Children of Rwanda's Genocide:
- Photo Essay 1: Go to families without parents and click on "next" under the photo to see images of life in child-headed families in Rwanda. Click on next below each image to see all the images.
- Photo Essay 2: Go to surviving on the streets and click on "next" under the photo to get a glimpse of the children living or working on the streets. Click on next below each image to see them all.
- Photo Essay 3: Finally, go to orphans and detainees and click on "Orphans and Detainees Photo Essay" under the photo to to visualize the life of children living in institutions. Click on "next" below each image to see them.
Can you imagine how difficult life is for these children? What are your thoughts on their daily struggle to survive?