Humans of New York in Democratic Republic of Congo.

On a 50 day trip across 10 countries, HONY’s current stop in in Kinshasa and Kasangulu of DRC.

  • She said she’d let me take her photo if I bought some peanuts from her. Afterward, I asked if she could remember the saddest moment of her life. She laughed, and said: “You’re going to need to buy some more peanuts.” 
  • "I’d like them to be ministers or business people. But this one is supposed to start school this year, and I don’t have the money to send him."
  • "I’m studying law. My dream is to be a judge one day. Too many people in this country are only in prison because they were too poor to defend themselves. When I’m a judge, I’ll look only at the facts, and not at the person."
  • "I’m studying to be a lawyer. He likes books about frogs."
  • "I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ll say it. I’ve had a really hard time finding work, so I’ve been living with my grandmother. And she’s told me recently that she doesn’t have the money to feed me. So I’ve been eating at my friend’s house. I go over there, and I’m too embarrassed to ask for anything, but his dad always insists. He says: ‘Why aren’t you eating? Please, eat!’ This has really caused my idea of ‘family’ to widen. I’ve learned that your family can be anyone."
  • "I want to discover the cure for Ebola."

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Famine crimes in South Sudan

ine years after the peace agreement that ended Sudan’s long war and three years after South Sudan gained independence, Africa’s youngest country is grappling with a new round of conflict which has created another devastating humanitarian crisis.

In the past eight months, clashes between the forces of the president, Salva Kiir, and the former vice-president, Riek Machar, have displaced 1.5m South Sudanese. Once again, families are on the move, fleeing to neighbouring countries, squatting in squalid United Nations camps or struggling to survive in the bush on wild foods. The UN estimates that almost 4m people need emergency aid and at least 235,000 children are suffering severe malnutrition.

In a recent report Human Rights Watch described the spiraling, ethnically-driven crimes that followed the shoot-out between Dinka and Nuer soldiers in Juba, the capital, on the night of December 15. Dinka security-force members went house-to-house, rounding up and executing Nuer men of fighting age. In one harrowing example, 200-400 Nuer men were shot dead in an old police station.

We traced the domino effect as news spread to other towns, facilitated by ubiquitous mobile phones, triggering Nuer troops in Bor, Bentiu and elsewhere to mutiny and conduct reprisal attacks on Dinka civilians. The report charts the grim months of back-and-forth clashes over key towns like Bentiu, Bor and Malakal, the massive destruction of buildings and markets, the attacks on hospitals and clinics, the looting of relief goods and vehicles, the theft of food aid.

Rural areas were also affected, with tens of thousands of people driven from their ransacked homes. Humanitarian agencies have had difficulty reaching these displaced rural communities, partly due to the fighting and partly because of South Sudan’s minimal infrastructure. Amid the conflict in much of the Greater Upper Nile, many have had no chance to plant crops, meaning that there will be little to harvest and even more dependence on food aid.

Photo: Men carry bags of sorghum before food distribution in Minkaman, Lakes State, on June 27. © Reuters 2014

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You know it’s really disheartening to think of the state of Black people today. We’ve been so misled that we no longer know who we are. We come from greatness. To be black is powerful yet today we are forced to walk around holding signs up begging for White folks to be merciful to us. We do nothing but beg for White acceptance. An innocent black boy is murdered by police and we respond with petitions, marches, and shouts for help. We fight in their armies and in their wars but when it comes time for us to take some action, we want to be nonviolent and march. The saddest part is when you try and tell black people that we shouldn’t be living like this, a lot of us don’t won’t to hear it, but regardless it’s the truth. As @solar_innerg once said, we are always trying to prove to White folks that we’re human. We gotta do better. We can be more….
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