upendo

Acrylic on a 60x60cm canvas. For sale on my online shop .
UPENDO means “Love” in Swahili. The word was chosen by Emme, a 15 year old Congolese refugee living in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

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I spent 5 weeks in Uganda, painting in a refugee settlement which is home to 100 000 refugees who mainly come from the DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

I painted in a predominantly Congolese neighbourhood, with a community who mainly come from the Eastern Congolese regions of North Kivu and South Kivu. They had fled violences that have been taken place for years with different milicia raiding villages and taking control of gold, diamond and coltan mines.

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