Diana's work focuses on political and cultural issues around the world. She's based in New York City, but often working in areas experiencing social unrest or humanitarian emergencies, particularly East Africa. She also has experience working eastern Europe, the Caribbean, SE Asia and the Middle East. Before turning her professional efforts to photography, she managed humanitarian aid programs for large international aid organizations, such as Oxfam GB and the UN.
Previous clients include:
The Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde, CNN, Al Jazeera America, Toronto Star, Geo Germany, Marie Claire, L'Instant-Paris Match, Causette, National Geographic Traveler and various international NGOs including Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières).
While she prefers to focus on photography alone, she can also write if necessary.
2015 - Visa d'Or ICRC Humanitarian Award, 2014 - Lens Culture Top 50 Emerging Talents Award
Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, South Sudan. October 2016
South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal State sits in the remote northwestern corner of the country. It is South Sudan’s poorest state and it has only one full service hospital—a facility in the town of Aweil run by by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in conjunction with the Ministry of Health—serving an estimated population of 1.2 million people.
The lack of health care is now painfully apparent, as an unprecedented malaria outbreak spreads throughout the region. Some people find treatment at community health centers near their homes, but the options are limited and plagued by drug shortages that force others to journey for hours or even days in search of care. MSF staff in Aweil treated more than 2,000 patients with severe malaria between June and September, but many patients arrived in critical condition due to the distances they had to travel.
Democratic Republic of Congo. Feb 2014
Between February 12th and 19th, 2014, a temporary courtroom was set up in Minova town, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to hear the testimonies of resident rape victims. Due to the high number of soldiers on trial and elevated level of military tribunal implemented, this was the most significant rape trial to date in DRC, a country dubbed “the rape capital of the world” by the UN in 2011. On trial were 39 government soldiers accused of partaking in a 10-day run of violence in November 2012, after fleeing from rebels of the March 23 Movement, who had captured the key city of Goma at the time. During those ten days, over 1000 people were raped in Minova alone. Congolese culture places heavy stigma on rape victims, so disguises were used at the trial to protect victims’ identities. Even so, only 47 women testified. A ruling on May 5th, 2014, found only two soldiers guilty of rape.
Democratic Republic of Congo. Jan 2014
A look into the Kikuni faction of the Raia Mutomboki, a diffuse network of armed citizens that collectively made up the largest rebel group in eastern DRC. Their Kiswahili name translates to “Outraged Citizens,” and summarizes the impetus for their creation: outrage at the countless atrocities suffered at the hands of the Interahamwe, the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide who have inhabited DRC since they were chased out of Rwanda twenty years ago. They have since tried to carve out their place in Congo, attacking villages and fighting for control over mineral rich areas. When the Congolese state failed to protect its citizens, Congolese villagers decided to take security into their own hands— they banded, armed themselves and formed the Raia Mutomboki, first in 2005 and again in 2011.