Abandoned

PhotographerKristof Vadino
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, live more than 7000 street children rough on sidewalks and in small shelters. Most of the time drugged by sniffing glue. Some are orphans. Some escaped poor provinces hoping to find fortune. Many passed by Koran schools. Parents sent their children to Koranic schools, so the child gets education and food. Many Koran teachers take profit from the children, who have to beg on the streets dressed in white clothes. They search for another community, on the streets. The children help each other and are organized in loose groups with elders taking care of younger ones. They are very vulnerable to violence from outside or from between each other. Sickness, drug abuse and mental problems are common. Every year there are more street children. This project was possible thanks to Doctors of the World Belgium and was published in the press.

About Photographer

I am a freelance photojournalist, working for Belgian and international media. Publications include De Standaard, Le Monde, BBC, Elsevier and De Tijd among others. I also work for NGO's, mostly for Doctors of the World. In 2016 I was Lensculture Emerging Photographer, Life Framer winner, received the Nikon Press Photographers Award in the categorie stories for a series about the refugee crisis in Europe. And I was nominated for the Rencontres d'Arles Festival Voies-Off and the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant. In 2014-2016 I received three grants to work on longterm projects: Fund Pascal Decroos for reporting on the textile workers of Cambodia. Fund Filip Decock for documenting the eco-sustainibility of Tonle Sap Lake. And International Development Reporting Grant for documenting the role of wastepickers in recycling plastic into 3D filament. In my approach to the subject I try to be as intuïtive as possible. I live in Brussels, Belgium.