Uwitonze Samuel Mussa - Gen T.B.D. Reporting Fellow

Uwitonze Mussa’s photographic journey started when he was still at primary school, when a photographer called David Jiranek coached him using a disposable camera. Mussa told to take pictures of the world he saw around him. The project, called “Through the Eyes of Children,” aims to share children’s perspective to the world and provide an opportunity to reflect on the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide. The photos were shown in U.S. exhibits and earned proceeds from print sales, which were then used to fund schooling for children in Rwanda. This gave Mussa a lifelong passion for photography. Mussa’s photographs highlight the poverty and injustice that remains under the surface of Rwandan society. For him, “photography is an art that helps you open up and express yourself – a voice and a tool for change.” He is based in Kigali, Rwanda, but works around the world.