Reference : V-P-CD-E-02647
Date : 23/08/2019
Caption : Kasaï Province, Mweka territories, city of Kakenge. Supported by the ICRC's financial assistance programme, this woman, mother of 9 children, has started a small business through which her family survives.
Photographer : LUMINGU, Carol
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Her husband, a mason before the crisis, is now unemployed. However, the various challenges she faces do not prevent her from always keeping a smile on her face. "It's to hide my suffering" she says. Through the ICRC's financial assistance prgramme, she was also able to pay the debts she had incurred in order to pay for her children's schooling last year. For her daughter who is enrolled at the University of Lubumbashi (UNILU) in the southeastern province of Haut-Katanga, this mother has found a way to support her: "I send her a jerrycan of palm oil that I buy here at a good price. She sells it, keeps the profit for her needs and returns the capital to me."
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