I’m blessed to have experienced a life changing trip that has giving me the utmost respect for refugees in Rwanda. Working with the United Nations Foundation and the WWE, we traveled to the Gihembe Camp and Kiziba camp, located in remote mountain areas outside of Kigali. These two refugee camps house about 30,000 people, mostly woman and children. There is no running water, no electricity, rationed food and water. The simple things such as a bathroom is non existent and refugees must dig a hole in the ground as a restroom which is shared by an average of 91 people. Let’s not forget the many health issues, such as malaria and HIV. Even with all these factors against the refugees, they never give up hope. The smiles, the hope and the joy is what this photo essay is about.
Erica Wright from New York really impressed us with not only her beauty but her personality! Please enjoy a selection of my favorite images captured of Erica during our shoot this past week. Brittany Lammon from Bfabulous did a terrific job with hair and makeup.