Reference : V-P-CD-E-02648
Date : 23/08/2019
Caption : Kasaï Province, Mweka territories, city of Kakenge. Through the ICRC's financial assistance programme, this man was able to buy a suitcase in which he keeps his few belongings.
Photographer : LUMINGU, Carol
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : "I bought a suitcase because I had nothing to keep my clothes in" explains this man, married and father of two children. "The suitcase, for me, is a symbol of protection." While fleeing the violence, he could not take everything with his bare hands. When he came back, his house was empty. The attackers had taken everything. Now he says he's ready to go with what's dear to him. He has also used some of the money he received from the ICRC to prepare his daughters' start of the school year and to buy some household goods. "I also bought corn because we couldn't starve" he says. He has not cultivated his field for more than a year because of inter-communal tensions.
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