French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been killed while on assignment in the Central African Republic.
All necessary means will be deployed to shine light on the circumstances of this assassination and find the killers of our compatriot
The Elysee stated that the French president, Francois Hollande has ordered a French team of police from the forces stationed in Africa to investigate the incident. With the deliberate use of the word “assassinat” (in French), it can be strongly assumed that Paris believes this was a conscious and pre-meditated execution.
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The French aren’t the only ones springing to action to uncover the story on their visual reporter. The United Nations Security Council, as well as the Committee to Protect Journalists, mobilized a team for imperative investigation.
This marks the third journalist killed this month in Bangui, the capital of CAR.
Lepage’s body was discovered after a vehicle driven by militia from the anti-balaka group was stopped by French troops patrolling in the Bouar region in the western part of CAR. Her body was hidden inside the vehicle.
Camille recently moved to Juba in South Sudan in 2012 after attending Solent University in South Hampton for her journalism degree. Her work has caught prestige from the photography community recently receiving admiration from the New York Times through a well respected portfolio review. Her work has been featured in several publications and news outlets and her images have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post as well as French newspapers, Le Monde and Liberation.
Camille Lepage left behind a legacy of images, below are just a few examples: