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Many are the journalists who dream about reporting on the world’s deadliest scenes of strife. Few are the ones who actually do it. Even fewer are those who do it well. Camille Lepage, a young photographer from France who was educated in the U.K. but whose work took her far from Europe, was among the latter.
Last fall, Lepage ventured into the Central African Republic, where a coup staged by mainly Muslim rebels had crumpled the state and prompted largely Christian militias to retaliate with fury. She spent her time photographing the fighters and also those most affected by the turmoil, while learning all she could about its roots.