In January 2013, France launched a military intervention in Mali to stop the jihadists’ progression towards the Capital Bamako. In December 2013, UN authorized France to send troops in Central African Republic to diffuse a conflict between Selekan muslims and anti-balaka Christian groups. In July 2015, Pierre NKurunziza was re-elected President of Burundi for the third time in violation of the constitution and Arusha degree despite a large hostile population. No troops were sent. The following pictures try to reflect a reality, the reality of Malians, Central Africans and Burundians victims of the intolerance and craziness of their past and present leaders.
But these three countries are not isolated cases. Victims of political violence are plentiful in 20 of the continent’s 54 states.
Jérôme Delay, the Associated Press chief photographer for Africa, is now based in Johannesburg, after working in Washington, Jerusalem, Paris and London.
Delay has covered most of the major conflicts of the past 30 years, from Haïti to Afghanistan via Bosnia and Somalia. He currently focuses on Western Africa. Twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Delay has been rewarded across the globe for his photography. His images have been published around the world and displayed in major exhibitions on three continents.