February/March 2014 - Likouala region, Republic of the Congo
While I was doing research on the influx of refugees from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into the Republic of the Congo, I went to the Likouala region, which, in 2011, faced an influx of more than 100,000 exiles from “Equateur” the neighboring region situated in DRC.
This massive influx created a significant demographic pressure on this remote part of the Republic of the Congo. I spent three weeks sharing I spent three week the everyday life of these “Zairois” refugees (deregatory term, inherited from the “zairinisation” of the DRC during the Mobutu Sese Seko’s reign, usually used by Congolese from Brazzaville to name Congolese from DRC).
Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, often surprising, these photographic stories try to give life to a forgotten conflict.