Reference : V-P-CD-E-02645
Date : 23/08/2019
Caption : Kasaï Province, Mweka territories, city of Kakenge. Through the ICRC's financial assistance programme, a mother is able to prepare her children's start of school term.
Photographer : LUMINGU, Carol
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : This mother has also decided to grow some of the money she received from the ICRC through a small business. She sells food in front of her plot and generally raises 3,000 Congolese francs per day, or just under 2 US dollars. This money is used to organize the daily cooking. Before the crisis, she used to produce and sell traditional alcohol. Her husband was a palm nut cutter. As a result of the violence, their home was attacked and their belongings taken away: barrels, maize stocks, household goods, etc. They started selling dead wood to survive. "Sometimes we would let the children eat and we, as parents, would deprive ourselves of food" she says.
ICRC website, article, 12.09.2019 "Land disputes sparked deadly clashes in 2018 between ethnic groups in Kakenge, which lies in the Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Large numbers of people fled into the bush, leaving everything behind. When they returned, many had to rebuild their homes and their lives. Their needs varied widely, so the ICRC made cash payments to alsmost 10,000 families who were suffering the effects of the violence. This allowed them to decide for themselves how to deal with the crisis".
Resolution : 5184x3456
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour