I was captivated by the life of this place. The faces of kids peeping out from tiny mud houses, others playing checkers with bent and twisted bottle tops. Old men sitting, talking and smoking as the women chatter and cook on wood fires at the entrance of their homes.
We traveled to villages in an old land cruiser with windows that didn’t go down and doors that didn’t open bumping along dirt roads between villages. Dust, dust and more dust. The endless stream of people walking and carrying loads. Congolese people walk everywhere and it seems no load is too big, heavy or awkward. Driving through areas that seems a million miles from anywhere, there were always people with a load going somewhere.
The resilience of the Congolese people is one thing I will take away from my time. There is no self pity about their situation and circumstances, instead the people of the Congo always seem to have a song and dance and everyone of them has a highly developed sense of rhythm!
Focus Congo is dedicated on creating a greater awareness about the on going conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Helping bring to light the works of the local organisations. Working together with organisations at a grassroots level to see peace, hope and the dreams of the Congolese people being restored for the radiant future of the country.
- Show the people of the Congo
- Capture every day life
- Promote change and understanding for the Congo through empathy, clarity, understanding and ultimately action.