The World of XPILAR - PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART CONTEST WEEK #024 - Portrait of a women

Dear Steemians,

We are entering the World of XPILAR portrait contest with one of our most precious memory from a journey Elena and me did some years ago, in East Africa. We were shooting a documentary ⇢⇢⇢ this one in particular but after that, we took some time to travel around Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.


The lady on the right is 120 years old, according to my very modest math knowledge. She lives in an 'old people's house for survivors' in Rwanda. I put aside my gallantry and I inquired about her age. Sister Veronique (on the left) - the nun who is running the house, my interpreter and dear friend - asked her on my behalf. The elegant charming wonderfully wrinkly lady said with a smile: 'I stopped counting when I was 93'. Only later I understood why. At that age, she lost all her children and grandchildren during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Her life was over by then, and until now she can't figure out why the killers let her alive.


I took this picture back in 2016, so do the math! According to my very modest math skills, she was 117 years when I met her. She was smiling and spending most of her time laying in the grass and enjoying the sun on her skin. I am not sure she is still there. She has probably deserved a piece of paradise for all she had to go through, and for being able to smile again.
Thank you for following us!
Alessandro & Elena

Comments 2

The two of them are so incredibly beautiful!!!

07.01.2021 20:25

Yes, they truly are! We took the picture in Butare, which is a town in the south of Rwanda!

08.01.2021 14:22