During the Rwandan war in 1994, Seamus brought together the resources of the ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF, Eastman Kodak and Life magazine to help reunite more than 21,000 lost children with their parents using photographic images.

The process evolved into “The Lost Children of Rwanda” one of the largest traveling photo exhibitions in history opening at the ICP – International Center of Photography in New York and continuing onto the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles in a joint exhibition with celebrity photographer Mark Seliger. The exhibit continued to travel the world for many years, with coverage in hundreds of major print and broadcast media and is this is now a standard form of tracing people in developing nations. “The Lost Children of Rwanda” was given a ‘Directors Club’ award for the use of imagery. Life Magazine then named it one the “100 images that changed the world”

“I drove a white van through Goma, Zaire and into Rwanda through the sea of refugees for a year and a half to photograph as many lost and unaccompanied children as I could in the hope
of reuniting some of them with their families” – Seamus Conlan
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