© 2002 Seamus Conlan from a Day in the Life of Africa
A 16-year-old OvaHimba woman cradles her infant in the remote homestead of Otjekwa, Namibia. Driven from their original home near the Namibia-Botswana border by cattle raiders in the mid-19th century, the semi-nomadic OvaHimba migrated to Angola. After World War I, they resettled in a dry, mountainous region near Namibia's Skeleton Coast. The name OvaHimba means "beggars" in an Angolan dialect.


In 17 years as a photojournalist, Conlan has covered stories in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. During the Rwandan war in 1994, he brought together the resources of several international aid agencies, as well as Eastman Kodak and Life magazine, to help reunite more than 20,000 lost children with their parents using photographic images. Conlan received a Directors Club award for his compilation photograph of the children, and the process he developed is now a standard form of tracing people in developing nations.