Gold / 2018 / Press / Other_PJ

Balancing on the rope of peace

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Other
  • Company
    Isabel Corthier Photographer
  • Photographer
    Isabel Corthier

2015 Bangassou. In a war-torn country like the CAR, brothers and sisters, Christians and Muslims are pitted against one-another. The chance that a small incident can escalate into violence or a resumption of conflict, is very real. Bangassou, a town in the south of the CAR, is struggling to keep peace in their region after the Seleka rebels had occupied it. In this void between normalcy and war, the people of Bangassou struggle to carry on. For some time this fragile calm has been maintained; the residents of Bangassou have spared themselves from the cycle of retributive violence which has cursed so many other communities in their country.  Unfortunately since the Anti-Balaka rebels entered Bangassou in May 2017, the situation has deteriorated and the peaceful town has been caught up in the conflict.

Isabel Corthier is a freelance documentary photographer who works internationally for humanitarian organizations. Her work has been used for fundraising campaigns and communications for NGO’s such as  Caritas, Trias, Médecins sans Frontières and more. Isabel’s work has been exhibited in China (Lishui, Pingyao), India (Calcutta), Australia, France (Barrobjectif) and Belgium. Some of her pictures have won awards (Gold at PX3). Het latest series Free Yourself is published in National Geographic NL.Since 2015 Isabel is an official Fujifilm X-ambassador.