Day 24~ April 24th~ Congo

a game of checkers

Coming from Lebanon, I get asked a lot about the civil war that ravaged my country for so many years and with that question there is always a request to clarity what the war is all about there. On many occasions I find myself likening the war to a board game. The board being the land, the game pieces as the warring parties,  and the ‘players’, well these are the giants and the warlords who have their big stakes in the game. The pieces get so sucked into the game that they forget who they are and sometimes even the reason they are in it, and the rule are changed often by the warlords and handed down to the players who follow blindly.

Congo is just another board game with so many bleeding players, young, old, male, female, tossed around mercilessly and discarded as the game keeps getting played.


Categories: congo, life, Photography, storyTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. The colours are truly amazing, which again contrast with the message. This image is not just vibrant in colour but also in creativity as someone mentioned further up, why hasn’t anybody thought of making bottle cap checkers into a product, Desperate times can often show so much creativity in both solutions and expression as so many people need to in these situations.

  2. Good analogy, Mimo. and an excellent picture too, I like that a lot! Adrian

  3. great light and colour. nice shot!

  4. I keep getting drawn to the texture of the hand. Wonderful

  5. It’s too sad, the conditions of some places. I often want to learn so much more about it, but my heart gets too broken even as I begin learning about it because there’s virtually nothing I can do to help.
    Always loving your blog here Mimo. Hugs

  6. You have a wonderful eye and ability to capture vast expressions of reality and human emotion with a minimalist approach.

  7. Personally I think those are the coolest checkers I’ve seen. I’m surprised someone hasn’t marketed bottle top themed sets. I always loved checkers growing up.

  8. Hi Mimo! An excellent analogy re the war in Lebanon/Congo and a board game! (10 thumbs up!!) 🙂

  9. And we Americans, including myself, complain about dysfunctional government – which comparatively is not that big of a thing. Everything sure has a as-compared-to-what perspective. Thanks Mimo!

  10. I love the photo showing how certain game pieces need to be replaced with soda pop tops — goes to show how little they can have. And I like the metaphor you used in this post

  11. Hello Mimo,
    Lovely post, of words and colours. May I ask what you use for post processing (Light Room ?, Photoshop ?).
    Have a wonderful colourful day!

  12. Beautiful in every aspect.. Mimo… How can war ever truly be explained as it always seems such madness.. I love this departure from faces…

  13. Beautiful composition a very popular street game. In Philippines we called it “dama” thanks for sharing Nonoy Manga

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: