Rwandan Youth, 25 years after the genocide

Shortlist 2019

Seif Kousmate

Seif Kousmate is a self-taught photographer from Essaouira, Morocco. After working as a Project Manager in the civil engineering area, he dedicated himself professionally to photography in 2016. Since then, he has been exploring different social issues in Africa, such as migration, youth, and slavery. He concentrated on the immigration of sub-Saharans on the land border between Morocco and Europe. Seif has been nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass, the 6X6 Africa by World Press Photo and received a National Geographic Society grant.

The Compromise

Rwandan Youth, 25 years after the genocide

Since the Rwandan Genocide 25 years ago, an eastern African country is slowly moving towards a normal life. However, the scars are just beginning to heal. With over 60% of the population being under 25 years old, the country's grim past remains a wound that many carry with them as they navigate their ever-changing reality. However, how does the Rwandan youth move past this and forge a future of love, unity, and happiness? After spending more than ten weeks with the Rwandan youth, I attempt to capture the portrait of hopeful youth who believes in a bright future and change. This body of work explores the idea of resilience and human growth. Even though Rwandan people experienced the horrors of genocide, they learn to overcome and transform their lives regardless of challenges.