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Story Publication logo April 15, 2009

Portraits of Insecurity


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The 2006 election in the Democratic Republic of Congo was supposed to usher in a new period of peace...

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A new alliance between Rwandan and Congolese forces may be a rare occasion for optimism, but as Michael J. Kavanagh of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting shows in this exclusive series of portraits, eastern Congo's future is still uncertain. Go to Foreign to see the entire photo essay.

A new hope: In January, after nearly 15 years of conflict, the Rwandan and Congolese armies began a month-long joint military operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Rwandan Hutu rebel group with links to the 1994 genocide. The FDLR have preyed on the population in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo for years.


Three women grouped together: an elderly woman smiling, a transwoman with her arms folded, and a woman holding her headscarf with a baby strapped to her back.


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