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CĂ©dric Gerbehaye

Born in Belgium in 1977, trained journalist CĂ©dric Gerbehaye chose photography as his way of recounting the world.

He has been member of Agence VU since 2007.

2002 saw the beginning of his continued interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he tried to analyze the disappointment and revolt provoked by the failure of the Oslo Accords. He went on to do more reporting in Hebron and Gaza, then focused on the rampant economic and social crisis in Israel, before taking up the Kurdish question in Turkey and Iraq.

In 2006 he was awarded two distinctions in the Prix Photographie ouverte from Charleroi Photography Museum. A year later his work “Gaza : summer rains” received special acclaim in the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents.
For CĂ©dric Gerbehaye, the act of photography is a way of seeking out not only the complexity of differing realities, providing evidence of them, and trying to understand them, but also of getting closer to others while informing, with a subjectivity he readily assumes.

Cedric Gerbehaye first important body of work; “Congo in Limbo”, is the result of several journeys to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has been going regularly since 2007. This work, which was published in a book (Le Bec en L'Air, 2010) and showed in many exhibitions, has earned him seven international distinctions, including a World Press Photo Award, The Amnesty International Media Award and the Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America.

Shortly after, he decided to work on South Sudan and his series “Land of Cush” was awarded the Prix SCAM Roger Pic in 2012. This same year, Cedric Gerbehaye is showing during the Saint Brieuc Photoreporter Festival, the first part of his new series on his homeland Belgium. He is also, as part of the 2013 edition of Sùte photo festival ImageSinguliùres, an artist in residence in the city of Sùte.


  Travelling : Bruxelles, Belgium

Portfolio

Stories

SĂšte in winter (2013)

This is SÚte in winter. SÚte in black and white, as Cédric Gerbehaye saw it. SÚte is closely framed, and precisely. As though with a scalpel; or so one might say, were it not for the risk of giving the impression that there is something cold here, and dry. The formidable acuity of the eye is in effect qualified by the vibrations of the winter light, which reveals without exulting, and modulates without caressing. No small talk, verbiage, vapidity; no temptation to narrate, or to explicate. No road map. SÚte in winter, in black and white, looked at in the most accurate manner possible, comes through as the opposite of the clichés: a quest for sunshine, postcards, colour, excess,...

Belgium (2012)

A building in the middle of the night. It could be in Liùge, Anvers, Charleroi, Ostende. Or its reflection could be found in the window of a car passing through the train stations of North, Centre and Middle-Brussels – destinations so close to one another that the capital's inhabitants tend to reach them by foot. Belgium. Crisp title for this series of photographs arranged like a succession of windows in a dark mass whose barely-visible silhouette embraces us. Behind: the people. Which people? From which side of the linguistic border? Who to summon in this in territory full of regional clashes, in this society becoming increasingly unequal with each passing day. And if truth be...

Land of Cush - South Sudan (2012)

The day before the first anniversary of South Sudan's independence, in July 2012, CĂ©dric Gerbehaye pursued a body of work that he began two years ago. It bears witness to the time of birth of a new nation. From referendum preparations to instated independence, this story is writing itself out to be a literal illustration of clash and conflict. In January 2005, a peace treaty was signed between North and South Sudan, putting an end to the longest African civil war until now. Following its terms, the South Sudanese were then able to vote in a historic referendum held in January 2011, pronouncing them to be 98% in favour of a separation... however challenges still remain. The...

Congo DRC: Katanga copperbelt (2010)


Demobilization in Burundi (2009)

Burundi, an African state located south of Rwanda, is engulfed in civil war between Hutus and Tutsis. The National Liberation Front (NFL), the second largest Hutu rebel movement of the country, has entered negotiations with the government and has as of yet accepted to demobilize. July 2009: demobilization centers are created in Gitega, near Bujumbura’s airport. In one week, 750 NFL fighters ceased fighting. They have laid down their arms, burned their uniforms, and returned to civilian life in exchange for money, clothes, soap, and a radio. This demobilization strongly decreased violence in the country. As it did in Rwanda, the source of the conflict goes far beyond political...

Micopax's action in Central African Republic (2009)

The Central African Republic suffers repercussions of several conflicts in the region. Micopax is commissioning to help the strengthening of peace. Enclave in the middle of the continent, Central Africa is surrounded by three countries (Chad, Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo) which know big troubles and which have the tendency to pour out on its territory. Displaced people of North are suffering daily life in the bush where they went after the attacks of FACA (Central Africa army forces) in 2006. Since July 2008, Micopax is trained by French Mountain Infantrymen. This group is composed by Gabonese, Cameroonian, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, and Equatorial Guinea’s contingents....

Congo in Limbo, North and South Kivu (2008)

In January 2008, a ceasefire agreement was signed in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It involved the 22 armed groups that were in the conflict in the east. Amani, peace in Kiswahili, the program launched since the signature of this historical involvement action has just been extended for a year by President Joseph Kabila when murders, generalised rapes and forced recruitments keep on going and hostilities are back again at the north and the south of Kivu since the end of summer. More than 150,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and have come to add to the million of refugees in the camps or the foster families. More than a stalemate of a situation, it is a major crisis in...

Lodz (European Works), Poland (2008)

Lodz (pronounced ‘Wootch’) is today a city in transformation; but the metamorphosis seems unfinished. The town longs to be liked. Its residents are especially concerned by the impressions taken away by foreign visitors. Questions come in abundance, as if revealing a need for reassurance and confirmation of the change and dynamism of recent years. But this obvious dynamism is perhaps not yet sharp enough for a young generation freed from a communist past and hesitating over whether to leave or to stay.

Congo in Limbo (2007)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), eight long years of armed conflict have plunged the country into turmoil and seen nearly four million people killed. In 2006, the DRC finally engaged in a process of political restoration by organizing the country’s first democratic presidential elections. Unfortunately, the failure of the militias’ demobilization campaign and the creation of a new national army composed of an alliance of all armed groups were a handicap to the country’s recovery. It is in eastern Congo, in Ituri and Kivu, regions filled with mineral resources situated at the frontier with Uganda and Rwanda that the situation is at the more tense and deadly. In August...

Gaza : Summer Rains (2006)

The launch of the Israeli operation Just Punishment in Lebanon in July 2006 has diverted the attention from the situation in Gaza. The eyes of the international community being riveted to South Lebanon and North Israel, the Israeli army was free to intensify the Summer rains operation, which started on the 28 of June after the capture of Corporal Guilad Shalit by a Palestinian commando. This commando infiltrated Israeli territory using a tunnel of several hundreds meters, excavated underneath the fenced of frontier. A technique the Palestinians master well and which they also use to smuggle weapons from Egypt.

Gaza : Itnatkut (2005)

Itnatkut: Hebrew word meaning separation, disconnection. Four long days spent waiting, preparing to resist and praying for a miracle to come that would enable them not to leave their home. The Jewish settlers of Shirat Ayam and Neveh Dekalim settlements have hoped until the very end. There were as much journalists as Jewish settlers to be evicted. The Israeli withdrawal of the Gaza Strip is the historic disconnection of the lands that the Hebrew State had been occupying for 38 years.

Another sight of Israel (2005)

Nowadays, many Israelis live below the poverty line. Indeed, reports show that a great deal of the population is impoverished. War has shattered the economy and many sectors have suffered its consequences. In addition, austerity measures in recent years have slashed welfare payments in a bid to kick-start Israel's sluggish economy.The occupation of Palestinian territories costs a lot of money to the Israeli government who are therefore spending much less on social programs. The money spent on defense, settlement and barrier construction is obviously taken away from welfare payments which have been reduced by one third. Today one family out of five suffers poverty in Israel.

Hebron H2, West Bank (2005)

Hebron, located in the southern part of the West Bank, is the only Palestinian city where Jewish settlers live in the very heart of the town. Hebron - Al-Khalil in Arabic, Hevron in Hebrew – hosts a crucial symbolic and strategic stake: the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a shrine holy to both Muslims and Jews. The town is divided into two parts: H1 under the control of the Palestinian Authority and H2, an area of 4.3 kmÂČ under the control of the Israeli authorities, which is the economic, historic and religious centre of the town. This zone includes the old city where 500 Jewish settlers live, split into four highly protected settlements. Today, more than 50% of the Palestinian community...

Books

SĂšte #13

ImageSinguliÚres est un festival de photographie documentaire contemporaine créé en 2009 à SÚte, reconnu dans le paysage culturel européen. Chaque année, un photographe de renom y est invité à porter son regard sur la ville pour construire peu à peu son portrait, au travers de toutes les facettes de la photographie. Ce travail fait l'objet d'une exposition et d'un livre publié dans la collection ImageSinguliÚres.

AprÚs Anders Petersen, Bertrand Meunier, Juliana Beasley, Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, Christopher Anderson, la résidence a été confiée à Cédric Gerbehaye, photographe belge, auteur au Bec en l'air du remarqué Congo in limbo. FidÚle à son écriture photographique, ses images en noir et blanc transcendent la cité maritime qui apparaßt sous un visage inattendu, entre décor de fiction et réalités sociales marquées.
Text by: Christian Caujolle

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2013)
96 pages
Size: 20x24 cm  

Land of Cush

A stunning book on South Sudan, last born country in the world, but also one of the poorest.
Since the referendum of 2011, South Sudan has become independent, but its situation hasn't evolved much: malnutrition, lack of roads, no schools, thousands of displaced people, growing insecurity....

CĂ©dric Gerbehaye has captured the situation with his characteristic involvement and the obsession of an in-depth work.

Text by: Jon Lee Anderson

Publisher: Le Bec en l'Air (2013)
112 pages
Size: 21 x 28 cm  

Congo in limbo

"Congo in Limbo" is the photographic essay done by Cedric Gerbahye conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resulting from the time spent and his rigorous commitment. His viewpoint encompasses the complexity and intracies of an overlooked conflict.
Stephen Smith, journalist and writer, Africa specialist,
Andrew Philip, researcher on the DRC for Amnesty International,
Christian Caujolle , founder of the VU Agency and Gallery, provide telling commentaries on the visual and journalistic investigation, which sheds essential light on the Africa of the Great Lakes. Gerbehaye Cedric is a member of VU Agence. His work "Congo in Limbo" has won seven international awards, including a World Press Photo, the Amnesty International Media Award and the Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America.
Text by: Stephen Smith, Christian Caujolle, et Andrew Philip

Publisher: Le bec en l'air (2010)
232 pages
Size: 21,4 x 28,3 cm  

Le Congo dans les Limbes

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a decade of armed conflict have led the country into turmoil. Still nowadays, people continue to suffer in their daily life of the consequences of the conflict, of diseases, malnutrition, under-development, and of bloody violence which continue. In 2006, the DRC is finally involved in a political restoration process, with the organisation of the first democratic elections. A political reconciliation process, founded on an extensive impunity for principal players of the conflict, have rapidly handicapped the country rebuilding. This handicap was made worse by the failure of the militiamen’s demobilization, and the failure of the constitution of a new national army, founded on the mixing of the different armed groups. It’s almost in the East of Congo, in Ituri and in Kivu, bordering regions with Uganda and Rwanda abounded in mining wealth, that the situation was and still is tragic and bloody, even if the other regions (South-Congo and North-Katanga) are not shielded from those scourges. In 2007, 437 000 people have to avoid their villages because of fights, rapes, forced enrolment of children, and exactions of all the parts. The deliberate and targeted uses of rape as war weapon to terrorize and humiliate people, through a vulnerable group, deeply attacks fundamental values of the community. One of the little-known consequences of this conflict is the massive influx of Congolese in the wake-up Churches. The success, gathered by those churches and their unscrupulous pastors, is principally owed to the exploitation of the helplessness of people who have a lot of problems in their daily life. The deconstruction of the economical and social fabric allows them to give unrealistic but temporarily comforting answers. In Kinshasa, the capital, we estimate today that the half of the people goes to one of the 8000 churches called “of wake-up”. Because of the presence and the emergence of several conflicts around the Democratic Republic of Congo (Somalia, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea...) combined with “failure” of elections, we can wonder about the “disinterest” of backers and international community for the East of Congo, when the situation is still in an extreme gravity. After the last violence wave, between August and December 2007 in Kivu, cause of fights between the 25 000 men of AFDRC (Armed Forces of DRC) and the 4000 rebels of deposed general Laurent Nkunda, the number of displaced people is estimated today at 800 000 people. Peace agreements of January 2008 have changed nothing. Civilians are always first victims, and armed groups as Congolese militaries continue to exploit illegally natural resources, and to use profits to fuel the conflict.
Text by: CĂ©dric Gerbehaye

Publisher: e-center (2008)
54 pages

Awards


    2012 - Prix SCAM - Roger PIC (with his report : South Sudan - Land of Cush)

    2011 - Bourse FNAC (with his report : South Sudan - Land of Cush)

    2011 - Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant

    2010 - Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund

    2008 -
General News: 3rd prize stories (Democratic Republic of Congo)

    2008 - POY - Pictures of the year (magazine news picture story) Third Place

    2008 - The Best of Photojournalism, 2nd Place, International News Picture Story "Congo in Limbo"

    2008 - OLIVIER REBBOT AWARD, Best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines, Newsweek, "Congo in Limbo"

    2008 - Amnesty International Media Award UK

    2008 - Scoop International Festival of Angers, News series Award.

    2007 - Prix Bayeux des correspondants de guerre - CatĂ©gorie jeune reporter

    2007 - Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo

    2006 - Photographie Ouverte du MusĂ©e de la photographie de Charleroi

    2005 - Prix de la Fondation de la Vocation

Exhibitions



SĂšte in winter (Paris)
From 2013-11-14 to 2013-11-17

It is not so easy to follow in the footsteps of others, without inevitably seeing through their eyes! However CĂ©dric Gerbehaye, who is admittedly more familiar with conflict zones than seaside towns, initiates useful meetings for his search or rather for his “re-search,” as he pursues above all real journalism. For him it is vital to understand before photographing. The portrait, without concession, that he portrays of SĂšte states a point of view. SĂšte is no longer the expected holiday resort then, it is much more than that: a wild and so very human town bathed in sunshine.

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SĂšte#13 (SĂšte)
From 2013-05-08 to 2013-05-26

He is the sixth photographer invited to be artist in residence in SĂšte. It is not so easy to follow in the footsteps of others, without inevitably seeing through their eyes! However CĂ©dric Gerbehaye, who is admittedly more familiar with conflict zones than seaside towns, initiates useful meetings for his search or rather for his “re-search,” as he pursues above all real journalism. For him it is vital to understand before photographing. The portrait, without concession, that he portrays of SĂšte states a point of view. SĂšte is no longer the expected holiday resort then, it is much more...

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Belgium (Saint-Brieuc)
From 2012-10-19 to 2012-11-11


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Land of Cush (Aix-en-Provence)
From 2012-08-16 to 2012-10-14

The day before the first anniversary of South Sudan's independance, in July 2012, CĂ©dric Gerbehaye pursued a body of work that he began two years ago. It bears witness to the time of birth of a new nation. From referendum preparations to instated independence, this story is writing itself out to be a literal illustration of clash and conflict.\r\rIn January 2005, a peace treaty was signed between North and South Sudan, putting an end to the longest African civil war until now. Following its terms, the South Sudanese were then able to vote in a historic referendum held in January 2011,...

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The Congo River (Saint Etienne)
From 2012-03-10 to 2012-04-28

The majestic Congo River, the second largest river in the world after the Amazon, is the spine of the country with the same name, forming a link between the Katanga mines, the equatorial forest and the capital city, Kinshasa. As a waterway leading inland, it played a critical role during colonization, and is the only route across the country from the Swahili-speaking East to the West where both the Lingala language and Belgian colonial forces spread along the river banks. Here is a journey into the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo...

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Congo in Limbo (Gdansk)
From 2011-11-25 to 2011-12-18

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, eight endless years of armed conflict have left a country bled dry and killed more than 5 millions people. In 2006, the DRC had finally embarked on a course of political renewal, which entailed the organization of the first democratic elections. This process, largely based on the impunity guaranteed to the primary actors of the conflict, soon represented a handicap to the country's reconstruction, aggravated by the failure to de-mobilize armed militias and by the creation of a new national army blending together formerly opposed armed groups. The situation...

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Land of Cush ()
From 2011-09-15 to 2011-10-25

In January 2005, a peace agreement putting an end to the longest civil war in Africa was signed between northern and southern Sudan. Under the terms of the agreement, a referendum was to be held for the people of southern Sudan; so in January this year, history was made when 98% of Southern Sudanese voted for independence from the north.\r\rHowever, challenges remain: malnutrition is chronic, 75% of the population has no access to primary health care, and internal conflict still continues with power struggles over oil resources and the border demarcation between North and South Sudan.

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Land of Cush ()
From 2011-09-15 to 2011-10-25

In January 2005, a peace agreement putting an end to the longest civil war in Africa was signed between northern and southern Sudan. Under the terms of the agreement, a referendum was to be held for the people of southern Sudan; so in January this year, history was made when 98% of Southern Sudanese voted for independence from the north.\r\rHowever, challenges remain: malnutrition is chronic, 75% of the population has no access to primary health care, and internal conflict still continues with power struggles over oil resources and the border demarcation between North and South Sudan.

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Congo in Limbo (Bielsko-Biala)
From 2011-09-14 to 2011-09-30

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, eight endless years of armed conflict have left a country bled dry and killed more than 5 millions people. In 2006, the DRC had finally embarked on a course of political renewal, which entailed the organization of the first democratic elections. This process, largely based on the impunity guaranteed to the primary actors of the conflict, soon represented a handicap to the country's reconstruction, aggravated by the failure to de-mobilize armed militias and by the creation of a new national army blending together formerly opposed armed groups. The situation...

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Land of Cush (Perpignan)
From 2011-08-27 to 2011-09-11

In January 2005, a peace agreement putting an end to the longest civil war in Africa was signed between northern and southern Sudan. Under the terms of the agreement, a referendum was to be held for the people of southern Sudan; so in January this year, history was made when 98% of Southern Sudanese voted for independence from the north.\r\rHowever, challenges remain: malnutrition is chronic, 75% of the population has no access to primary health care, and internal conflict still continues with power struggles over oil resources and the border demarcation between North and South Sudan.

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Land of Cush ()
From 2011-08-27 to 2011-10-25

In January 2005, a peace agreement putting an end to the longest civil war in Africa was signed between northern and southern Sudan. Under the terms of the agreement, a referendum was to be held for the people of southern Sudan; so in January this year, history was made when 98% of Southern Sudanese voted for independence from the north.\r\rHowever, challenges remain: malnutrition is chronic, 75% of the population has no access to primary health care, and internal conflict still continues with power struggles over oil resources and the border demarcation between North and South Sudan.

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Congo in Limbo (Athens)
From 2011-01-20 to 2011-01-30

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, eight endless years of armed conflict have left a country bled dry and killed more than 5 millions people.\rIn 2006, the DRC had finally embarked on a course of political renewal, which entailed the organization of the first democratic elections. This process, largely based on the impunity guaranteed to the primary actors of the conflict, soon represented a handicap to the country's reconstruction, aggravated by the failure to de-mobilize armed militias and by the creation of a new national army blending together formerly opposed armed groups. The...

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Congo in Limbo (Bruxelles)
From 2010-06-10 to 2010-08-08

At the time of the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Museum Le Botanique shows the work of CĂ©dric Gerbehaye. With his work Congo in Limbo he has won three prestigious prices in 2008: the World Press Photo, the Olivier Rebbot Award of the Overseas Press Club of America and the Amnesty International Media Award.\r“I started working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2007 willing to investigate and make known to people the situation there and the daily life of its inhabitants; the subject is barely treated or even completely absent in...

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Congo in Limbo (Paris)
From 2010-06-02 to 2010-07-31

At the time of the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Galerie Fait et Cause shows the work of CĂ©dric Gerbehaye. With his work Congo in Limbo he has won three prestigious prices in 2008: the World Press Photo, the Olivier Rebbot Award of the Overseas Press Club of America and the Amnesty International Media Award.\r“I started working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2007 willing to investigate and make known to people the situation there and the daily life of its inhabitants; the subject is barely treated or even completely absent in...

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Congo in Limbo (Arlon)
From 2010-04-27 to 2010-05-01


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Congo in limbo (Caen)
From 2009-10-05 to 2009-11-01

« I started working in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007 with the desire to highlight, investigate and publicize the situation and the lives of people in the East, about inadequately treated or totally absent in different media. Since then, whenever I go back with more questions and the will to continue to tell this story. To make this documentary work, it is important for me to have total freedom of expression and to do my job independently. Albert London expressed it very well in this sentence: "Our job is not to please, no more hurt, it is to bring the pen into the wound.» Cédric...

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Congo in limbo (New York)
From 2009-09-19 to 2009-11-08

“Congo in Limbo”, shows a population still suffering the effects of the conflict in everyday life : disease, malnutrition, under-development, murder and violence...In 2006, the Democratic Republic of Congo embarked on a course designed to restore political process, and reconciliation. But the rebuilding of the country was prevented by the failure to demobilize the militia and the failure to establish a new national army. The situation was critical in Eastern Congo, in the regions of Ituri and Kivu, with it’s great mineral wealth and it’s strategic position bordering Uganda and Rwanda....

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La guerre sans dentelle (Versailles)
From 2009-05-12 to 2009-09-06


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Africa Report - Congo in Limbo (Bruxelles)
From 2008-12-19 to 2009-01-17

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), eight long years of armed conflict have plunged the country into turmoil and seen nearly four million people killed. In 2006, the DRC finally engaged in a process of political restoration by organizing the country’s first democratic presidential elections. Unfortunately, the failure of the militias’ demobilization campaign and the creation of a new national army composed of an alliance of all armed groups were a handicap to the country’s recovery. It is in eastern Congo, in Ituri and Kivu, regions filled with mineral resources situated at the...

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Congo in Limbo (Perpignan)
From 2008-08-30 to 2008-09-14

Ten years of armed conflict left the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sapped of all strength. Today, the population is still suffering the effects of the conflict in everyday life (disease, malnutrition, and under-development), plus continuing murder and violence. It is estimated that there are 800 000 displaced persons in the country. Peace agreements drawn up in January 2008 have done nothing to change the situation. Civilians are always the first victims, and armed groups and members of national military forces continue to make illegal gains from the country's natural resources which...

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Congo in Limbo (Shenyang)
From 2008-06-22 to 2008-07-22

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, eight endless years of armed conflict have left a country bled dry and killed more than 5 million people. In 2006, the DRC had finally embarked on a course of political renewal, which entailed the organization of the first democratic elections. This process, largely based on the impunity guaranteed to the primary actors of the conflict, soon represented a handicap to the country's reconstruction, aggravated by the failure to de-mobilize armed militias and by the creation of a new national army blending together formerly opposed armed groups. The situation...

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