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    Republic of Rwanda

    country information
    Capital Kigali
    Population 9,73million
    Area 26,300km2
    Official Languages Rwanda (Kinyarwanda), English, French
    Major industry Agriculture (coffee, tea, etc.)
    Under-five mortality 103/1,000
    Population with access to improved water sources 66%
    Average life expectancy 46 years old
    Gross National Income (GNI) per capita USD 320
    Population living on less than USD 1.25 per day 57%
    Literacy rate Males 79%; Females 77%
    Child labor 35%
    Republic of Rwanda Map

    Data as of 2007, UNICEF

    Rwanda workshop report

    The participants in the workshop in Gisenyi, Rwanda, were 20 boys and girls between ages 10 and 16, who attended a local school or one supported by UNICEF. Not all of them were elite, The group comprised of children with diverse backgrounds, including disabled and orphaned youths.
    During the first two days of the five-day workshop, Italian photographer Giacomo Pirozzi taught the children the technical aspects of basic photography. First the children learned how to operate a camera. They learned special techniques positioning the subject and adjusting the direction and quantity of light. They even learned techniques as making a reflector from a board etc.
    Deciding what to photograph was an essential task. The children discussed the problems their community faced and what they wanted to express, Having the children share their society's issues was one of the vital targets of the workshop.
    On the third and fourth days, the children divided into groups and went out to town for their photo shoots. Each group set out for a location to photograph the themes they selected: malaria, poverty, the environment and the right to play.
    Jean Claude, 14, photographed a child squinting at smoke emitted from charcoal cooker. Joseph, 15, and Bruce, 13, visited a hospital and saw the suffering of seriously ill patients.
    The children had wanted to photograph the progress of their country's development, but they couldn't ignore the divide in their society. Although 14 years have passed since the end of the civil war, the scars of war lingered in people's lives. More than 100,000 children live with no adult guardianship.

    On the fifth and final day, the children gave titles and comments to their photographs and made presentations of their work. The workshop filled with cheerful laughter when a photograph of their friends appeared on screen-then groans at a photograph of a malnourished baby and one of children who didn't go to school. One participant said, "I really wanted to take fun picture, but not one child should be neglected, even if he has to work instead of go to school because his family is poor."

    (Implementation of the workshop : 2007)

    All images ©UNICEF/G.Pirozzi

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    The Photographers (name, age)

    Amina Murekatete 13
    Amina Zita 12
    Benigne Sifa 12
    Benjamin Ngabo 11
    Bruce Mutabazi 13
    Devota Uwase 12
    Dorcas Umutoni 10
    Esperance Umutesi 12
    Esther Mugabekazi 12
    Gibert Tuyishime 13
    Heritier Ndacyayisenga 13
    Jean Claude Mutabazi 14
    Jean Masengesho 14
    Jolie Kamikazi 13
    Joseph Ganza 15
    Juhudi Dusenge 12
    Lucien Mugisha 11
    Rugema Niyongabo 10
    Solange Ihogoza 15
    Umuhoza Irampaye 14

    All images ©UNICEF/G.Pirozzi