News: Congo - a picture that changed a life

Protegee and her niece

On this Nov. 6, AP reporter Jerome Delay took this picture of two girls, Protegee carrying her niece, Response, as they looked for their parents in the village Kiwanja in the midst of the confusion of the Congo (DRC) civil war.

Protegee was in a crowd of thousands about 90 kms north of Goma, eastern Congo, having walked for three days by herself. She had been separated from her mother and fled on foot from their town about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away.

Encouraged by reactions from readers all over the world, the reporter returned to the spot and managed to reunite Protegee with her mother. (the full story)

Read the eBook story Goma, The Scent of Africa about my work with refugees in East Congo.
More on The Road about DRC.

Picture courtesy AP Photo/Jerome Delay


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