The best press photo in the world – a tribute to the children who died in Canadian residential schools

This image won this year’s award for the best press photo in the world, organized each year by World Press Photo.

– It’s the kind of image that sticks in your memory.

The World’s Best Award press pictures is given a photo showing robes and crosses commemorating the hundreds of children who died after being forcibly moved to residential schools in Canada.

World Press Photo is one of the most prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world. Among the nominees were also Norwegian photographer Magnum Jonas Bendiksen.

The winning photo was taken by the Canadian photographer Amber Fern for the New York Times. It’s part of a series Bracken took to the Kamloop boarding school, where children from the country’s indigenous population were placed to be forcibly assimilated into the culture of the majority population.

– It’s the kind of image that sticks in your memory. It elicits a kind of sensual reaction, says the head of the jury Rena Effendi Thursday.

– I can almost hear the silence in this photo, a quiet moment for global recognition of the history of colonialism, not only in Canada, but around the world, she says.

Last May, a large number of unmarked graves containing the remains of 215 children were discovered on the grounds of the former British Columbia boarding school in western Canada.

Since then, more than 1,000 unmarked graves have been discovered near former boarding schools run by religious groups. The results shed light on a dark chapter in Canadian history and the large-scale forced assimilation of the Indigenous population.

A total of 150,000 children from the country’s indigenous population were educated in 139 such schools from the late 19th century until the 1990s. They were separated from their families and cut off from the indigenous language and culture. . Many children have died due to poor conditions in schools.


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