Roger LeMoyne

Rwanda 1994: Hundreds of thousands of Tutsis are slaughtered by the Hutu-led Rwandan Armed Forces. Hutus flee retaliatory reprisals from the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front.
In December 1996, most of the estimated two million Hutu refugees who had ended up in a camp on the Rwanda–Zaire border returned home. But by early 1997, tens of thousands fled deeper into the jungles of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). Some were linked to the Tutsi genocide; some feared attacks from Zairian rebels backed by Rwanda’s Tutsi-led government; some simply were afraid to strike out on their own. A group of 80,000 walked more than 700 kilometres. Thousands died on the trek; the lucky ones were eventually flown back to Rwanda, retracing in a few hours a journey of tragic, almost-surreal proportions.
After a Zairian-rebel attack on a camp of refugees at Biaro, the United Nations began to repatriate some Hutus by train. Unsupervised refugees packed themselves so tightly into the railcars that ninety-one people died of asphyxiation on the three-hour trip between Kasese and Kisangani. The young woman in this photograph grieves for her mother.
Photographer Roger LeMoyne spent four weeks documenting the return of Hutus to Rwanda. “I tried
to bear witness to one part of the healing and reconstruction process for that nation. My photographs were used by UNICEF for media awareness and fundraising to help returning refugees.”

Since the early 1990’s, Roger LeMoyne has spent most of his time documenting the human condition, conflict, human rights and international aid on four continents. He has covered issues in over forty countries including Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Serbia. His work has appeared in publications ranging from the magazines Paris Match, Life, and Macleans to other venues such as Unicef and UNHCR reports, the International Conference on War-Affected Children, Visa pour l’Image, and the Contact Festival (Toronto). His images have garnered a number of awards internationally including the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize in 2007, the World Understanding Award from POYi 2006, The Prix Bayeux Calvados in 2006, the Alexia Grant in 2004, and the World Press Photo in 1999.
A freelancer his entire career, his pictures are distributed by Redux Pictures and Getty Images. Collections include in the Unicef photo-archive, the National Archives of Canada, the Library of Congress and the CIDA photo library.
His first book, Details Obscurs about the effects of conflict on civilians, was published in 2005 and received awards in Canada, the U.S.A. and France. He currently lives in Montreal with his wife and two young children.