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Gospel in the camps

Martin Beaulieu | Democratic Republic of Congo

Mass offers a parenthesis to harsh reality.
Catholic community from Kitchanga going to a celebrate a gospel mass in a displaced people camp near Nyanzale, a region of western Rutshuru territory in North Kivu province.

Today, the ongoing violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo seems to have continued to force thousands of people, the majority women and children, out of their homes. North Kivu has consistently been the worst-affected area. Many people have been displaced more then a decade and still see no hope for safe return.

Displaced people camp nearby Nyanzale. 

Mass offers a parenthesis to harsh reality.
Catholic community from Kitchanga going to a displaced people camp, to celebrate a mass.

In 2009, I was sent by Doctors Without Borders in North Kivu to document the impacts of ethnical conflicts on local populations. In Democratic Republic of Congo, victims of war are counted by millions. The NGO’s ‘‘Condition: Critical’’ campaign aimed to portray the stories of survivors. I listened and witnessed sorrow, suffering, terror. But I also met hope and resiliency. At Rutshuru hospital and in displaced people camps, life tries to go on. Influenced by a previous photo documentary I did in Mozambique on Aids a few years before, I wanted to emphasize on how people keep going.

Doctors Without Borders

Martin Beaulieu

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