Two Former Camps

One of the strangest jobs in this contract is photographing the sites of the refugee camps. Closed camps seem eerie, the sites of such human suffering, joy, happiness and hardship just tilled over and re-sown, or allowed to return to nature. I am fortunate in West Nile, because the refugee situation is now vastly improved. Down from a high of some 60,000 refugees the UNHCR is now responsible for somewhere around 2,000.

The remnants of a World Food Program food centre, Madi Okollo camp. The camp is now entirely closed and all of its residents repatriated.

The site of the market in Madi Okollo camp. It held two thousand stalls and traders came from as far as Congo and Sudan to buy and sell goods there. Now it lies silent, because the refugees have returned home.

The site of a huge Acholi IDP camp, near Kinyara. It is now planted with sugar cane and the only tangible remains are the occasional crops, like the banana tree in the left of the frame, which the refugees planted.

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About Muzungu

I’m a Uganda-based freelance photographer (and occasional writer) working for a broad range of clients including NGOs, newspapers and magazines and development agencies. My work has taken me across East Africa, South America and Europe, and previous clients include USAID, the World Bank and the East African. I also work on personal documentary projects in my spare time. If you’d like to hire me or to know more, please feel free to get in touch.
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