According to a paper of the World Bank on world poverty, Burundi is one of the poorest Countries of the world. Some years ago I’ve been sent here to realize together with an ONG a reportage that could tell the daily life of the people who lives with less than a dollar per day (in this case, not less than 6 cents). So I arrived to Buga village, a few huts spread in a muddy hill, lost in the poorest region of the Country. For many days I couldn’t make a picture that could make any sense. I couldn’t leave the inevitable cliché of the hungry Africa. This is the iconography to which we are becoming indifferent. I’ve started asking my self if I was able to narrate this to a person that, in his house, would read it on a newspaper full of advertising. In the West having money means to have buying power: we accumulate goods, objects, and wealth symbols. But how many object does a person that lives with less than one dollar a day have? What does he safeguard and use on his daily life? I’ve asked to the citizens of Buga to pose for me together with the most precious things that they had. Each of them told me about the small story that linked them to that particular object. These are the stories that I’ve listened to.
Text and photos by Andrea Frazzetta
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