Meet The Instagrammers Challenging How You See Congo
You’re missing out if you don’t know Ley Uwera.
She and Esther Nsapu, also from eastern Congo, are two of the region’s most active photographers on Instagram. Their photos are flawless, but the stories they tell are challenging what outsiders see.
Ley originally worked as a journalist, having loved radio from a young age. Then in 2012 a friend gave her a Sony camera and soon she was experimenting on Instagram.
“I want to show another image of North Kivu [a province in the east] as many people have this image that in North Kivu it’s always war and fighting,” she told BuzzFeed News in her hometown, Goma, the province’s capital.
Esther works as a journalist for the Global Press Institute. She’s been taking photos since 2013, but was looking for a place to share more of what she filmed on reporting trips when she learned about Instagram last year.
The politics Ley and Esther have to navigate in doing their work can seem nearly impossible at times.
Reporting for this story was supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation.