© Jose Cendon (An inmate of the Neuro-Psychiatric hospital of Kamenge in Bujumbura, is held in an isolation cell. Burundi, 24 March 2006)
© Jose Cendon (An inmate of the Neuro-Psychiatric hospital of Kamenge in Bujumbura dribbles inside an isolation cell. Burundi, 24 March 2006)
The Picture of the Year (POY 64th) awards have been announced. Among the winners, I wanted to highlight the impressive work of Jose Cendon, Spanish photographer who won the first price in the category of “Magazine issue reporting picture story” for his work entitled “Fear in the Great Lakes“. Jose Cendon won a World Press Photo Award in the category of Contemporary Issues for the same body of work. Jose Cendon is a freelancer photojournalist that is frequently published around the work
The pictures show moments in the life -if we can call this a life- of inmates at the Sosame (Soins de Sante Mentale) neuro-psychiatric hospital in Bukabu (Democratic Republic of Congo). Sosame is the only psychiatric centre in the South-Kivu province of Congo, which has a population of 3 million spread over an area of 69,000 km2. Every day, about 50 patients are taken care of in the out-patients section of the hospital. In addition, the hospital has a capacity of sixty beds for patients who have to stay for a longer period.