Portrait | Robin Hammond

Portrait 2012 | Photograph 39 x 59 inch

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In June 2008, five Movement for Democratic Change workers were preparing for the Presidential run-off elections. Three armed soldiers came into their office and shot two of the workers at point-blank range and told the rest to lie on the ground. They emptied a 25-litre container of petrol onto them, left the building, locked the door, and threw a lit candle inside. All three survivors managed to escape when one of them kicked down the door. They suffered severe burns.

"The whole room was a blaze of fire, we were in pain and agony. We were thinking too much about our kids, and our families, and we were praying for that moment to God, may God, can you assist us..."