Reference : V-P-CD-E-01210
Date : 18/08/2011
Caption : Equateur province, Saba Saba. Volunteers of the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo exhume the remains of civilians that were killed as they were returning from their fields, during the armed violence in 2009.
Photographer : TORGOVNIK, Jonathan
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : Getty Images/CICR
Description : The civilians were killed by the roadside. The remains were left there since 2009, and are only now being exhumed to allow families and relatives to have a dignified burial of their loved ones in their village.
Residents of Saba Saba are now living in relative calm following the 2009 armed violence in the province. The violence that included killings, burning of homes and intimidation of civilians had forced many residents to flee and seek refuge on the other side of the river Ubangui in the Likouala sector of bordering Republic of the Congo, in October 2009. According to government officials, nearly 115,000 people crossed the river.
In Dongo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been assisting the local populations, displaced persons and returnees since the violence began in 2009.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour