Day 15~ April 15th~ Congo


piercing

When the streets of the city are your home, when you are solely responsible for your own safety while other children are tucked safely at home, when your survival is depending entirely on the kindness of others…

These piercing eyes belong to one of the 300, 000 children that call the streets of the cities in Congo their home. “les enfants de la rue” ~ the children of the street, wild eyed, witty, emotionally fragile, hard shelled, untrusting… the sad product of a humanity gone wrong. But still the strength in them and the hope in their eyes could not be missed.

I met these children in a center in Kinshasa that offers them lessons, food, daytime shelter and guidance where needed. They sang to me, drew messages on the blackboard for me to photograph and sang me their national anthem in a most rhythmic excellence which I filmed and will share in a future post.

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18 comments

  1. Excellent work, Mimo – these African posts of your’s really get to me. Adrian

  2. Would you please post a photo of the blackboard messages?

  3. the words are useless:)

  4. Keep on keeping on Mimo.. you have a brilliant talent. Always looking forward to what comes next

  5. Another powerful one Mimo!

  6. haunting, 300,000. How did it all go so wrong so fast.. c

  7. Great picture as always Mimo.

  8. Hi,
    It is sad to see such a look in a child’s eyes.

  9. This has been my favorite month of yours yet. WOW

  10. Oh wow, this must have been an amazing experience. My girlfriend’s life goal is to travel and help children just like these. I’ll make sure she heads over and checks out the article later.

  11. stunning and extremely important work you are doing – beautiful as well! Well done!

  12. Mimo, the child’s eyes are certainly “piercing”. Maybe I’m “projecting”, but behind his piercing gaze, I see distrust mingled with fear. It’s my guess the photo was taken before the singing and drawing began which would indicate they/him/her felt comfortable and safe in your presence. I could be wrong, but that’s my take Mimo! πŸ™‚

  13. The eyes in this entire series tell the story – and I’m sure eyes you will never forget.

  14. Incredibly powerful and emotive – brought me to tears. Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. Striking look and striking photo!

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