The Face of Treatment: Pieter ten Hoopen’s Portraits from our Bangui and Mayo Camp Hospitals


10-month-old Buseiwa had just received a blood test for malaria at our Pediatric Center when she had her photo taken. ©Pieter ten Hoopen

Photographer Pieter ten Hoopen was featured on CNN last month for his work taking portraits of patients coming to our Pediatric Center in the Mayo IDP camp outside Khartoum, Sudan. In addition to documenting the work at the Center, ten Hoopen created a makeshift photo studio in which patients at the Center could have their portraits taken and their stories shared.


Johahir Zakaria, 17, holds her daughter who is just 27 days old. She came to the Pediatric Center to get a checkup for her daughter. ©Pieter ten Hoopen

He tells CNN that he chose this particular portrait style because of its intimacy: “I really can appreciate old portraiture … when people got their portrait taken in a way that was loaded, I think, with respect and it was a very serious moment,” he said. “It’s a slow way of working where you have to put all your focus into one person sitting in front of you.”

“They got very serious, they sat down upright…I tried to say as little as possible. I do believe in their own expressions, their own narrative…and their unique perspective.”

Pieter ten Hoopen previously shared his work at the Mayo camp and our Pediatric Center while hosting for The New Yorker’s Instagram feed in November. He also shared portraits of patients from our Pediatric Center in Bangui, Central African Republic last January on his personal Instagram page. Healthcare access in CAR has worsened with recent conflict and some of the patients photographed waited long before coming to our Center to receive care.

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Wan-Wili Xaxi, 3, had his broken arm seen at our Bangui Pediatric Center. ©Pieter ten Hoopen Boukarimoreil, 3, came to our Bangui Center after developing a bad infection in his broken arm. ©Pieter ten Hoopen

To learn more, see additional photos, or purchase prints, visit Pieter ten Hoopen’s website.

To help patients in Bangui and in the Mayo camp by delivering free of charge, high quality care, click here to donate now. 

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