The pictures currently on display in the Dickey Center for International Understanding's Russo Gallery in the Haldeman Center are impressions from photographer Lars Blackmore's six month stay in Rwanda, in 2012, as the spouse of one of the first faculty members of Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine seconded to the Rwandan Ministry of Health.
The "land of a thousand hills" and an infamous past is blessed with spectacular landscapes, incredibly fertile soil and home to a proud, defiant nation of about eleven million people. In the decades following the '94 genocide Rwanda has been a darling of foreign aid donors, praised for its efficiency, vision, and refreshing lack of widespread corruption. The country is currently one of the fastest
Photos by Lars Blackmore are on exhibit in the Russo Gallery, Haldeman Center
growing economies on the continent, with extremely ambitious plans for its future. But the most densely populated nation in Africa -- tiny, landlocked and resource-poor -- also faces significant challenges. Key among them: the delivery of adequate basic services like health care to eleven million people, almost half of whom are under 15.
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth is a partner in the Rwandan Ministry of Health's Human Resources for Health Program, an ambitious seven year project intended to significantly increase both the capacity and skills of Rwandan medical professionals with the help of American medical school faculty.
Lars Blackmore's photos are on display until the end of April 2013. More photos may be found at gallery.ameridane.org/rwanda.
About Lars Blackmore:
Born in Canada, raised in Denmark, graduate of Copenhagen Business School. I've worked as a photo journalist and editor since the early nineties, covering everything from concerts to conflicts on assignment for the Associated Press, Save the Children,
Disillusioned with merely covering development and relief work as a photographer, I switched sides for a while and worked as a logistics coordinator for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the refugee camps on the Burundi border.
"Grounded" from photography by the arrival of my first child, I later became Director of Online Communications for the IRC based in New York.
After a decade primarily focused on projects in web development and online content production, I have recently returned to working as a photo journalist and visual communications consultant.
An assignment for Amnesty International in Kosovo connected me with my wife-to-be, Lisa Adams, MD, now of the Geisel School of Medicine and the Dickey Center for International Understanding. At the time, she was working on a tuberculosis project in the Balkans.
He lives in Norwich, Vermont, with their two kids.
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