Arlette Bashizi

Arlette Bashizi

Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
“Photojournalism has the power to change the perception of people, and change the lives of people we photograph.”


Youth and women’s issues, health, culture and environment.

One Shot

. Yalola, Democratic Republic of Congo. Reuters/Arlette Bashizi
Theopiste Maloko, 42, a local health official, (R) and a nurse (L) collects skin samples from Angelika Lifafu, 6, (C) to test for monkeypox, at the Yalolia health centre, Tshopo, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 3, 2022.
“When they started removing the scabs from her body it was so painful and she was crying. I wanted to stop photographing because I felt so bad to see her suffering without being able to help her. Then I asked myself — if I stop, why am I here? I went back in the room and shot as many pictures as I could so that the world could see how much pain the monkeypox epidemic is causing, when a vaccine and treatments already exist.”


Being a journalist was my childhood dream. After finishing high school, I started to work in a radio station in the administrative department. While working there I was learning how to realise reportage, but I noticed that people were listening to radio less than looking at images when reading articles. And that is how photography came up as one of the good options to live my childhood dream, denouncing social injustice and giving a voice though my camera to my subject.

My first assignment was coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Congo, and how it affected daily life in Goma. I photographed my little sister studying at home using a light of a mobile phone, as there was a power cut and school was closed, and how young people in my community came together to fight against Covid-19. What I learned is that a great story many times starts at home, and we just have to look with attention to every single detail happening around us.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was an investigation about sexual abuse by a powerful priest, because it brings out a story and a reality which no-one could think about in my community. Any subject which changes someones life after I document it always has a special place in my heart.

The biggest lesson is that I’ve learned is that I’ll never stop learning. What I’ve learned also is that photography is more than taking pictures; it’s more about humanity and connection, bringing people a moment you lived while shooting, and that emotion you felt.

Behind the Scenes

. Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Michel Lunanga
Arlette Bashizi covers a protest following the death of a Congolese soldier, who was killed by Rwandan soldiers.