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.

“I am fascinated by people and especially by their strength to cope with difficult situations.  In my work, I like to highlight the power that humans can show in order to survive, and their creativity when options are limited. Due to this vision, my approach is often a positive one, even in the most extreme situations.”

Isabel Corthier is a documentary photographer who works internationally for humanitarian organisations like MSF, Caritas,... Her work is published in National Geographic NL, BBC, El Pais, De Volkskrant,...
Her work won several awards. Isabel is a Fujifilm X ambassador.