Reference : V-P-CD-E-01212
Date : 18/08/2011
Caption : Equateur province, Saba Saba. Volunteers from the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo exhume the remains of civilians who died during the armed violence of 2009.
Photographer : TORGOVNIK, Jonathan
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : Getty Images/CICR
Description : They were returning from their fields when they were killed.

The killings took place by the roadside, and the remains have lain there since 2009; they are being exhumed now to allow families to bury their loved ones with dignity in their village.

Saba Saba is now relatively calm. The violence that occurred in 2009 included killings, the burning of homes and intimidation of civilians; it drove many people living in the area to seek refuge across the Ubangui river in the Likouala district of the Republic of the Congo. This flight of people took place in October 2009. According to government officials, nearly 115,000 people crossed the river.

Teams from the ICRC have been assisting the local population, displaced persons and returnees in Dongo - in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - since the outbreak of violence in 2009.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour