Jeppe Schilder (1982, the Netherlands) has a Masters degree in Conflict Studies & Human Rights. For almost eight years he worked for major international development and humanitarian NGOs in Kosovo, Palestine and Kenya before he decided to go freelance and move into documentary and humanitarian photography.
In 2015 he moved to Bukavu in eastern Congo where he covered stories and projects that captured the realities of sexual and domestic violence, refugees, child protection, emergency response programs, and conflict minerals.
His work has been published in Magazines and Newspapers such as NZZ, NRC Handelsblad and Sunday Telegraph and he works on assignment for various NGOs including Oxfam, War Child and Free Press Unlimited.
2015 - Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo - Together with her seven children and thousands of other villagers Patience fled from her home in October 2014. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels attacked her village in the Mavivi area in North Kivu and massacred the population with machetes. More than 250 people were killed, including Patience's husband. "The future? I have no future. We are suffering here. I cannot go back to my village. My husband is dead and I have to take care of our seven children by myself. What can I do? What should I do?"
2015 - Numbi, Democratic Republic of Congo - "Rapes, murders and robberies; in my village there was war. When I fled I was shot at. I witnessed my neighbour, who was running behind me, getting killed. When the war ended in 2014 I returned to my village. But little was left. Houses were looted and set on fire.”
2010 - Hebron, occupied Palestinian territories - When a Palestinian boy walks past a group of settlers in the old city of Hebron/Al Khalil, one of the settler kids makes a funny face. Jews, Christians and Muslims consider the city of Hebron, on the Israeli occupied West Bank, a holy city. Unlike elsewhere on the West Bank, where Jewish settlements are built around the towns and villages, in Hebron a Jewish colony has settled in the middle of the old town. Although the city is predominantly inhabited by Palestinians, Israeli settlers express an even greater – and often negative – influence on the daily lives of the Palestinians.