The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most troubled countries in Africa. Different groups are, generally speaking, fighting for political and economical control of the country’s vast natural resources. More than five million people have died from violence, hunger and diseases since a large war broke out in 1998. The war ended five years later but the eastern part of the DRC have been plagued by insecurity ever since.
In the Northern Kivu province, bordering Rwanda, the rebel leader Laurent Nkundas forces (CNDP), together with huturebels (FDLR) and the group Mai-Mai are fighting each other as well as the Congolese army. Laurent Nkunda was arrested shortly after these photographs were taken, but the violence, rapes and general insecurity continues to plague the province.