The Reunion


One of the most touching stories my friend and colleague Øystein and I have done took place in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was a story of a family reunion in a part of the world that has been torn apart by war, genocide and poverty. When we today talk about what we encountered and covered, it’s hard to keep the tears back, because not only is it a beautiful story in itself, it’s just as much a story about hope in a region where most reports tell of sad, desperate or violent fates.

For the full story look up Øystein & Otto’s Blog.


26 thoughts on “The Reunion

  1. Incredibly touching…so well written and the photos make me feel like I am almost there. Brings together the real sadness that people must suffer through in war torn countries, but also highlights the strength of individuals and hope. You truly captured a wonderful moment.

  2. Your journey into and through these lives rewards two ways: for your subjects and you. Now as you share these heartfelt images and stories with us, you are able to reach even more lives. I feel honored to discover you and your personal mission through photography. Otto, thanks.

  3. As you say… Africa is such a place of contrast! Cruelty and beauty go hand in hand! I just pray that soon they’ll wake up… I want to go back!

  4. Otto, this is what I love about your blog. You have such unique and beautiful stories to share. I would love to have similar adventures, and be able to capture them in this candid way.

  5. What a beautiful, beautiful story. God, just wonderful.

    It would be torturous to be torn away from your child. This is just wonderful.

  6. Øystein’s account and your photos make a fine mix and tell a story of joy even though we recognize that there are still on-going problems. It’s easy to overlook the troubles of other people who live far away. Thanks for bringing home both the good news as well as keeping us mindful of the harder situations that touch the lives of these people. Great work by both of you!

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