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An adult bonobo stares into the camera at Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary at Petites Chutes De La Lukaya, in the Democratic Republic of CongoPicture: Martin Harvey / Barcroft Media

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Richard Mosse: Infra

The decades of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken an unimaginable toll on the country, over 5.4 million deaths, and 400,000 rapes. This climate of perpetual violence, without clear heroes but with unimaginable numbers of victims, defies concise summary. Using infrared film developed by the US Millitary, Richard Mosse transports the soldiers and surrounding jungles of the Congo into an uncanny fluorescent and rose tinted reality. The human eye is blind to the light captured here. Infra confronts the blindspots of documentary photography in the face of political disorder, and attempts a stark reconsideration of the most violent war since World War II.

Infra is on view at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, starting tomorrow, through October 21. To see more from the series, as well as the photographer, visit

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New monkey species identified in Democratic Republic of Congo

Guardian:A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa in what is only the second time such a discovery has been made on the continent in 28 years. The finding is considered significant because the identification of mammals new to science is rare.

‘Lesula,’ as the monkey is known locally, has a naked face and mane of long blond hairs. Researchers say it is a shy and quiet creature that lives on the ground and in trees in a habitat of lowland rainforests.The animal’s diet consists of mostly fruit and vegetation.

Photo: A new species of monkey, known locally as the lesula. (Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC/PA)

ETA: A more fitting heading: Monkey species in the Democratic Republic of Congo identified by Western scientists as researchers, however, the locals probably already knew most of the information released in the report from the ‘new’ discovery.

Or something like that.

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Rwandan refugees in Goma, Zaire, June 28, 1997.

[Credit : Alexandra Boulat]


Over the past three years, MSF teams have witnessed a rather astonishing rise in the number of malaria cases in Democratic Republic of Congo. For its part, MSF is now responding to outbreaks in six separate provinces in the east and north of the country, but a wider, more concerted effort is urgently needed to battle this potentially fatal disease that traditionally afflicts the young and the infirm. Learn more.

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A Potential Time Bomb of High Infection Rates and Drug Resistant Strains of Malaria

On April 25, the annual World Malaria Day, many health organizations will highlight important gains in fighting this deadly disease that claims more than one million lives every year. But despite notable progress in innovation and investment, MSF continues to see continuously high rates of malaria in several African countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MSF has observed infection rates above emergency thresholds in several zones over the last six months, which can be largely attributed to a dysfunctional surveillance system, the failure of the health system to respond to elevated levels of malaria, poor organization, and lack of diagnostic testing and drugs.

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A mother and child in the pediatric ward of Niangara hospital.


A Congolese woman carrying her baby casts her vote in Goma during the presidential and legislative elections on November 28, 2011. The Democratic Republic of Congo held national elections Monday under a cloud of violence after clashes on the final day of campaigning left at least two people died.

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Poverty, lack of access to food and healthcare, underpin malnutrition
in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. And the war, often referred to as “The Forgotten War”, makes the situation only that much worse. In the Starved for Attention film “The Malnutrition That Shouldn’t Be,” photojournalist Franco Pagetti reveals the daily struggle to survive in North Kivu’s forbidding bush and teeming, fetid displaced persons camps, where food is scarce and the people are on edge, ready to run at a moment’s notice.

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Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo 2009 © Franco Pagetti/VII

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Postcards from Hell, 2011: Images from the world’s most failed states

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  June 20, 2011 at 02:00pm


Nyiragongo Crater, Democratic Republic of the Congo