The stunning, mature work of photojournalist Camille Lepage, who was killed in the Central African Republic
French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been found dead in the Central African Republic, French President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement Tuesday.
"The corpse of Lepage was found after a patrol by (French) Sangaris troops stopped a car driven by anti-Balaka groups, in the Bouar region," the statement said. Officials are investigating the circumstances of Lepage's death.
Lepage was just 26 years old and had recently relocated to South Sudan. She was interested in capturing populations in the margins, abandoned by their government, according to her website.
This is likely what led her to the Central African Republic, a fragile nation on the brink of genocide. After a coup in January, the country's minority Muslim factions are being forced into camps by Christian militia groups known as "anti-Balaka." Peacekeepers have been deployed, but the violence is ongoing and the situation is increasingly risky for international workers, reports Slate.
In South Sudan, Lepage photographed the sick, injured, and ostracized. In the Central African Republic, according to photos posted on her Facebook page, she took this keen eye and compassion to the Muslim camps to capture those living on the edge of society.
Her work is thoughtful and effortlessly striking, and it's clear that she had talent well beyond her years. Below are a selection of her photos and captions she wrote herself. --Lauren Hansen
Posted on February 20, 2014: A quiet picture to illustrate the dire situation of the Muslim population in Bangui and elsewhere in the Central African Republic. The Muslims have been targeted by the non-Muslim community for weeks: lynching after lynching, the Muslims fled to the airport where they are protected by the African Union Army and the French Army. They wait to be taken to Chad, where the government have offered them shelter. They will leave everything behind... | (Camille Lepage / Hans Lucas - All rights reserved 2014 via Facebook.com)
Posted on February 16, 2004: As a French soldier targets an agitator behind a house, two local sellers hide in their shop. Today in PK12, Bangui, Central African Republic, the French troops intervene to break barricades set up at the entry gate of the capital by the youth to stop humanitarian help from reaching the Muslims displaced by the violence one kilometer away. | (Camille Lepage / Hans Lucas - All rights reserved 2014 via Facebook.com)
Posted on Nov. 18, 2013: In Bossangoa, Central African Republic, about 35,000 Internally Displaced People have fled their village because of the violence carried out either by the Seleka, the rebel group that took power in March 2013 in the country or by the 'Anti-Balaka', an auto defense group that created itself in response to the Seleka's violence. (Camille Lepage / Hans Lucas - All Rights Reserved 2013 via Facebook.com)
On Friday, Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo filed a $10 million lawsuit against the estate of Quintonio LeGrier, a 19-year-old black college student he shot dead on Dec. 26, 2015, along with innocent bystander Bettie Jones, 55. In his suit, a counterclaim against a wrongful-death suit filed by LeGrier's estate, Rialmo claims that LeGrier charged at him with a baseball bat. "There is no question that [Rialmo] suffered very extreme emotional trauma and stress as a result of what Quintonio LeGrier did," says Rialmo's lawyer, Joel A. Brodsky. LeGrier "forced him to shoot," Brodsky said, adding that Rialmo "feels extremely horrible" about killing Jones.
Basileios J. Fourtris, a lawyer for LeGrier's family, said Rialmo's version of events was "pure fantasy." He noted that LeGrier called 911 three times, and was hung up on, before Rialmo arrived, asking, "Why would a kid that called three times asking for police help ever swing a bat at a cop?" "It's a new low for the Chicago Police Department," Foutris added, according to The New York Times. "First you shoot them, then you sue them. It's outrageous." Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Rialmo's legal action is "not a department lawsuit," and Adam Collins, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, told The Times that "the city does not support" Rialmo's counterclaim "and is not involved in any way." Peter Weber
On Monday, rescuers in Tainan, Taiwan, pulled two people out alive from the rubble of a 17-story apartment building that collapsed two days ago following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake.
More than 170 people have been rescued from the building, and 100 are thought to still be buried. Taiwan's Eastern Broadcasting Corp. reports that rescuers heard Tsao Wei-ling cry out "Here I am," and discovered her under the body of her husband. They also found a man in the sixth floor section of the building, and signs of life from a 28-year-old woman and 8-year-old girl trapped in the fifth floor, The Associated Press reports.
The death toll from the quake stands at 36, with 34 dying in the Tainan building. The apartment building was constructed in 1989, and investigators are now looking into whether the developer cut corners, AP says. Catherine Garcia
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This is quarterback Peyton Manning's second Super Bowl win. During the first quarter, Brandon McManus of the Broncos made an early field goal, and Malik Jackson followed up with a touchdown. In the second quarter, Jonathan Stewart scored a touchdown for the Panthers, followed by another McManus field goal. McManus had his third field goal of the game during the third quarter, bringing the score to 16-7, but the Panthers earned three points in the fourth quarter after a field goal from Graham Gano. Late in the fourth quarter, C.J. Anderson scored a touchdown for the Broncos. Catherine Garcia
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Both videos were finalists in the brand's Crash the Super Bowl contest. Over the past nine years, Doritos has given fans the opportunity to create 30-second videos, with the winning one airing during the big game. Doritos says thousands of videos have been submitted since the contest started, and now, in its final year, the winner will receive $1,000,000. That could pay for a whole lot of Doritos. Catherine Garcia
Beyonce dropped her new single "Formation" on Saturday, and fans were able to listen to it live for the first time during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The performance — complete with a Beyonce army and a uniform inspired by Michael Jackson's 1993 Super Bowl attire — then shifted gears, and Beyonce paired up with Bruno Mars for a mashup and dance off. Watch the performance below. Catherine Garcia
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