In 2012 Benedicte Kurzen (@benedicte_kurzen) was exhibited during Visa pour l'Image (@visapourlimage) for her work "#Nigeria, a nation lost to the Gods" / Noor (@noorimages). One never finishes counting the dead in Nigeria. Each day there are new #victims. Each day there are new #attacks, more attacks, against churches, police stations or schools. The arc of this conflict without a name runs through a large part of the north of Nigeria: #Maiduguri, #Kano, #Damturu, #Gome; here are the #cities of a #devastated #region where each neighborhood seems to be overrun by #conflict. But what conflict?
This report, which took over one year to put together, is an attempt to examine the symptoms of sectarian #violence through the milky and raw light of the North. The wave of political #tension, after the presidential elections in April 2011 crystallized the frustration of a weary population, abused by ultra #corrupt #politicians found its release -eight hundred deaths in just a few days. But the on-going ethno-religious conflict in the Middle Belt, appears to be another front-line of a religious #war, accentuated by 9/11. Here, the global has become local and each crisis heightens the ethnic response whether one is #Berom, #Hausa, #Fulani, and #Ngas, #indigenous or not. More recently though, the fire has spread deeper and rougher in the North. The attacks perpetrated by the #Salafist sect have claimed one thousand victims since 2009. […]
Pictured is an image from her reportage.
Caption : During the curfew imposed by the authorities, a #burnt #body lies on the #street in a pre-dominantly #Muslim area, Tudun Wada, in #Kaduna. Tudun Wada has been one of the first neighbourhood where the post-election violence started, April 2011. Under the body one can read “NO MORE PDP (PDP being the party in power) and “CPC” which is the opposition party under the lead of Muhammadu Buhari, the champion of the Hausas and the majority of people in the North, Kaduna, Nigeria, the 19th of April 2011.
© Benedicte Kurzen(@benedicte_kurzen) / Noor (@noorimages)
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