“The conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed more than five million lives – making it the planet’s deadliest conflict since World War II.
But despite the horrific levels of sexual violence and millions of people displaced from their homes and schools, it remains Africa’s forgotten war and rarely makes the headlines of the world’s media.
Although the conflict has officially finished, much of the country remains desperately poor and the continuing violence in the eastern regions make it one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a woman.” war child
The statistics are staggering and the reality is even more difficult to face. Being in Congo and seeing the faces of its children while knowing the fate most of them may face adds another dimension to our responsibility as humans to try to make a change. And there are so many that do offer their time and dedicate their lives to help, but it never seems to be enough.
The journey into Congo will not be easy or comfortable, it is facing and unsettling. But our planet is filled with injustice, with poverty, hunger,wars and I always find the need to remind myself that so much is needed still to be done and to give thanks to those who do and keep on doing to make the world a better place.
In this post, I want to give a special thanks to Mr Ross Mountain, an amazing humanitarian who helped facilitate my trip in Congo and without whom it never would have been possible. Mr Mountain was running MONUC in Congo when I travelled there in 2009 and after his 26 years of amazing service in the UN, he is now working as director general of Dara in Madrid.
23 replies on “Day 2~ April 2nd~ Congo”
Sad and beautiful! Love how you capture those expressions!
Terrific picture, Mimo! And horrifying details – I’m very much in there with you, I’ve spent quite a lot of time in a (thankfully peaceful) part of Africa. Adrian
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience, and photos. Wow
It is all so very hard for these children.
it truly is. Thank you Mags
I’m really enjoying your photos and stories. Thank you
thank you Kats!
All of humanity is out there…in all of it’s guises… this is a very touching photography Mimo…you never fail to impress.
Thank you so much Helen!
I agree that this months images may be unsettling. But I am so glad that you are giving us this opportunity to travel and see the human story. Too often the media reduces things to numbers and generalizations. But you are showing us the individual. Thank you for this deep personalization. Bless you.
Thank you, and you are so right, the reality is so different to what the media portrays.
WOW! This will be a tough month to swallow, but it is so important that awareness is brought to us. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
Yes, I believe so Courtney! Thank you for following
I hope to one day visit the Congo as well, hopefully I can find someone the way you did
I hope that you will get that chance, it is life changing
Thanks for sharing this story and another fantastic photograph. We have much to learn from your experience, and I look forward to the journey.
Thank you again earl!
Despite the hardships he faces, the child still manages an innocent smile to be captured…and it was nice you got to meet Mr. Mountain, Dara is a great NGO.
Yes it really is. Thank you frances!
Your words here best explain my “oh no” thoughts yesterday – “The journey into Congo will not be easy or comfortable, it is facing and unsettling.”
Yes, it will be for me as well when I write it… Thanks Frank!
thank you for taking us with you on this trip
Thank you for coming along my friend!