On the Cover Photo

Hugh Kinsella Cunningham

July 6, 2023

British photographer Hugh Kinsella Cunningham's touching portraits, give a voice to all those in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who have been displaced by M23 rebels.
Photographer Hugh Kinsella Cunningham spent time in the eastern border region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to record the current situation of an area defined by civil war and conflict. He dedicates a large portion of his project to the people who have been displaced by rebel groups. With striking portraits, he focusses on the refugees with empathy and dignity, allowing them also to share their stories. Aline Ushindi (25) and her baby Nadine, are among the numerous people portrayed. Their picture is on the cover of the current issue of the LFI magazine.

“It’s been 3 weeks of living in a camp. It was because shells and explosions started to fall around Kibumba; it was the M23 who came to attack us. My husband and I gathered the children, and walked in the night here to Goma. I know they were shooting people and some were killed. There was so much gunfire I began to feel sick with fear. But, thank God, we managed to get here. It’s tough, but we are safe. Now it’s a struggle, there’s nothing for the children, no water and no work. We spent two days with no food, and sometimes just eat once a day. We need tarpaulins, food and clothes, but I mostly hope to return home when the fighting stops."
Text and Image: © Hugh Kinsella Cunningham
EQUIPMENT: Leica SL2 S with Panasonic Lumix S 50 f/1.8

LFI 5.2023+-

Further touching stories, as well as an interview with the photographer, are found in issue 5/2023 of the LFI magazine. More

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The London photographer specialises in themes revolving around society, health and conflict. He has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2018. His reportage on the Ebola Virus earned him a place on the LOBA newcomer list in 2020. As a fellow of the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, he works for organisations such as Save the Children and the World Health Organisation. More

 

On the Cover Photo

Hugh Kinsella Cunningham