Overview participating exhibitions

Awarded Commitment
2012

Awarded Commitment

Boniface Mwangi

BRUTALITY

The violent police crackdown on people suspected to be adherents of the outlawed Mungiki sect in the sprawling Mathare, Valley of Death, in Kenya is still fresh in the minds of many. The residents of Mathare residents will forever remember June 2007 for it's the month that armed police backed by the dreaded General Service Unit turned the slum into a killing field to avenge the killing of two colleagues on the night of June 4. A major security operation, which was launched two days later to recover the guns of the slain officers, left a trail of blood and tears in Mathare. In November 2007, a report by a group of Kenyan lawyers was released showing that as many as 8,040 young Kenyans have been executed or tortured to death since 2002, during a five-year police crackdown on the outlawed Mungiki sect, according to a report. Another 4,070 young men have gone missing between August 2002 and August 2007 after being held in police custody, said the report by the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic in Kenya.

  • BRUTALITY

    The violent police crackdown on people suspected to be adherents of the outlawed Mungiki sect in the sprawling Mathare, Valley of Death, in Kenya is still fresh in the minds of many. The residents of Mathare residents will forever remember June 2007 for it's the month that armed police backed by the dreaded General Service Unit turned the slum into a killing field to avenge the killing of two colleagues on the night of June 4. A major security operation, which was launched two days later to recover the guns of the slain officers, left a trail of blood and tears in Mathare. In November 2007, a report by a group of Kenyan lawyers was released showing that as many as 8,040 young Kenyans have been executed or tortured to death since 2002, during a five-year police crackdown on the outlawed Mungiki sect, according to a report. Another 4,070 young men have gone missing between August 2002 and August 2007 after being held in police custody, said the report by the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic in Kenya.

  • BRUTALITY

    Scared school children walk past a police dog during a crackdown on Mungiki sect adherents in Kosovo slum in Nairobi; Kenya on June 07, 2007. The sect is blamed for a string of recent murders and beheadings. The slum was believed to be a major hideout for the quasi-religious, militant sect members.

Biography

Photo-activist Boniface Mwangi is a TED FELLOW and the founder of Picha Mtaani, a UN-funded initiative that focuses on reconciliation through photographic exhibitions and debate. 

His life mantra is 'living my life to make a difference' and he makes the difference through his work as a social documentary photographer. Amidst the violence that followed the 2007 election in Kenya, he falsified his identity and risked his life to photograph the atrocities his countrymen were inflicting on one another.

His work has appeared in most important newspapers in the world. He as been named the CNN Africa Photojournalist of the Year 2008 and 2010 among many other awards. In 2011 he got an honorary mention in the FotoEvidence Book Award election for his series Brutality.

He also features in the CBC documentary Africa on the Move - The Modern Warrior.