According to several UN reports, the unregulated exploitation of minerals, used in the manufacture of devices such as phones and computers, has fed a conflict which has raged since 1996. It has directly or indirectly caused the deaths of as many as 6.9 million people, and seen the rape, mostly by armed men, of more than 500,000 women .
"Robin Hammond's book, produced with assistance from the Carmignac Foundation, is a true work of classic photojournalism. Poignant and moving, telling but not insensitive, Hammond's work reveals the darker demons of Mugabe's chokehold on Zimbabwe. Where words fail, Hammond's photographs pick up — pulling no punches about the lives destroyed by violence and cruelty. The realities shared in the book are hard to swallow but even harder to ignore."
Vaughn Wallace, producer of LightBox
The 2014 POYi World Understanding Award has been given to Robin Hammond's project CONDEMNED which documents mental health in African countries in crisis. The book CONDEMNED was also a finalist in the Best Photography Book category. Robin's portraits from Lagos also received an Award of Excellence.