Photograph by Ugo Borga
Photograph by Ugo Borga.
Central African Republic, Obo, November 2019: Majorettes of Obo parade through the streets of the town to mark the national holiday. The town of Obo is under siege by the militias of the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC), a formation belonging to the Seleka group, and, for over 10 years, by the Lord's Resistance Army, an extremist Christian rebel formation, also called the Army of the Lord or the Ten Commandments. If you try to escape the city, you die. If you try to work the fields, you die or disappear into thin air. Kidnappings, disappearances, torture and attacks on the civilian population are very frequent. The only way to reach Obo is onboard a small Unhas twin-engine.
Ugo Lucio Borga is an Italian writer and photojournalist. His work has always focused on wars, even forgotten ones, on humanitarian crises, on social and environmental issues in Africa, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
He has carried out in-depth coverage all over the world including events such as the Arab Spring, the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Libya, Syria, South Sudan, religious clashes in northern Lebanon, the dictatorship of Eritrea, the war in Ukraine, the war in Iraq against the Islamic State.
He is president of the Six Degrees Association, which aims to openly talk about wars, ethnicity, religious and racial conflicts, political and social instability, issues related to immigration, poverty, marginalization and discrimination in all parts of the world.
Amici per il Centrafrica Onlus is a non-religious association created in 2001 for proactive participation in helping people who live in poverty. This nonprofit organization helps the people of the Central African Republic, especially those experiencing greatest hardship in Sub-Saharan Africa. It offers them instruction, healthcare and training for employment so that they might become fully self-sufficient.
The association is made up of volunteers who help both in Italy and Africa. It receives funding from various sources, including individuals, private businesses, banks, foundations, public bodies and schools. It believes that the improvement in living conditions of people all over the world is everyone's responsibility.
Growth and lifting the limits of development are stimulated through educating people and raising awareness about existing opportunities. Healthcare emergencies, widespread poverty due to political, social and structural instability, and the lack of attention toward defending minorities all impair the people of Central African countries in building solid bases for planning their future.