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.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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26 Responses to The Reunion

  1. May I reblog this?

  2. Reblogged this on bearspawprint and commented:
    Worth reading for the SMILES!! not to mention the art in the photography and heart that goes into the experiences about which he writes.—-Bear

  3. Chillbrook says:

    Such joy you have captured Otto. An incredible story.

  4. lisa says:

    You have captured such a beautiful moment.

  5. screenshot says:

    Reblogged this on Biblical Times News.

  6. Angeline M says:

    Heart warming photos!

  7. dalo2013 says:

    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.

  8. Geoff says:

    Moving story Otto … I can only begin to imagine the emotions this reunion must have wrought.

  9. janechese says:

    What a joyful occasion-could not help but think that this story is good material for a movie.

  10. 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.

  11. What a wonderful photo of shear joy! I am off to read the story on the other blog.

  12. aj vosse says:

    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!

  13. A marvelous story -and photos. I hope that together the future will be brighter for the entire family.

  14. likeitiz says:

    What a joyful scene, Otto!

  15. emilyjsantos says:

    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.

  16. A wonderful photo. Yes, I just read the whole story and I am amazed. Just look at the joy on that mother’s face. It brings tears to my eyes!

  17. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

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

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

  18. seabluelee says:

    This was an amazing story. I wish that family peace and joy for their future.

  19. No words…

    Good job chasing down such an important story!

  20. Phil Vaughn says:

    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!

  21. The picture says it all Otto, very nice post. Hope exists everywhere.

  22. A beautiful image, Otto. I’ll go and read that…

  23. Reggie says:

    Oh my word… gulp…. this was an extraordinary story, and so well-told by Øystein.

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