DRC: Collateral Damage

Michael Kavanagh, for the Pulitzer Center
Michael traveled to the DRC on a grant from the Pulitzer Center


I spent one of my last days in Goma with my friends at the Heal Africa hospital. The director of nursing, Papy Boendi, introduced me to the soldiers and civilians who are still pouring into the hospital with bullets lodged in their bones and open wounds from machetes and clubs. The joint Rwandan/Congolese operation against the FDLR and the integration of the "new" Congolese army has paved the way for many displaced to return home. But the fighting is still far from over - it takes only a few minutes walking through the wards of Heal Africa to realize that.