Bujumbura, Burundi

There is nothing more gratifying for a wannabe photographer than to have your own work picked up by not just any blog…but a photo blog! 🙂 Thanks “Toemailers,” I hope to share more photos with you in the future!

Actually, the story behind the photo is more interesting than the article! I shot that during the oddest event I ever covered, a French embassy-sponsored sports day at Bujumbura’s biggest prison. The dance is typical– these kinds of dance troupes, called ingoma, perform at every wedding and during the intermission of every concert. But these kids are not typical. Not only are they the best dancers I’ve ever seen, but they’re all former household servants serving long sentences for rape or grand theft. Folsom Prison Blues, à l’africaine!

About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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