Jean-Marc Bouju shared the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography with three photojournalists with the Associated Press. The team was awarded the prize for its coverage of the devastating ethnic violence in Rwanda. Bouju’s entry was a photograph of refugee children pleading to be allowed to cross a bridge from Rwanda to Zaire. Bouju and an AP correspondent were the first to enter Karubamba, a village where at least 2,000 people were massacred after a plane crash that killed Rwanda’s leaders and sparked the civil war. In a Daily Texan article, David Fitzgerald, one of The Daily Texan’s former photography editors, said he remembered a time when he was on a public bus in El Salvador, and Bouju “almost got (us) killed” Fitzgerald said Bouju refused to give up his camera bag after being held up at gunpoint and then made an obscene gesture at the robber. “He’s extremely talented. He’s pretty fearless.”
The 1999 Spot News Photography Pulitzer Prize was awarded for coverage of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Bouju worked at The Daily Texan from 1991 to 1993 and was a master’s student in photojournalism.