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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. North Kivu. November 2012. M23 rebels.“We are not a rebellion,” said Benjamin Mbonimpa, an electrical engineer, a bush fighter and now a top rebel administrator. “We are a revolution.”Their aims, he said, were to overthrow the government and set up a more equitable, decentralized political system.

Photograph: Jehad Nga for The New York Times

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Beauty in the Middle: Women of Congo Speak Out - Adeline Nsimire

Adeline is the director of SAMWAKI (Sauti ya Mwanamke Kijijini), meaning “A Voice to Rural Women” in Swahili. It provides access to information and training to rural women through community radio. The group has formed listeners’ clubs, allowing women to broaden their knowledge and capacity on everything from health to farming—and provides women a safe space for the sharing of their experiences of sexual violence.

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‘Félicité’

Alain Gomis’ character study of a struggling single mother in Kinshasa evolves into something far more sensually complex than it initially seems.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans, goes the old saying — though for the variously stymied characters of “Félicité,” life hits them when they have no plan at all. A loose, vibrant fourth feature film from Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis, “Félicité” likewise builds to a fever of energy and activity while never sketching out more than the bones of a narrative: It’s a film in which a hard-earned smile, the contact between one person’s skin and another’s, or a serene strain of music amid the everyday noise can qualify as a dramatic event. Following a proudly independent club singer through the ragged streets of Kinshasa as she seeks a way to save her hospitalized son, Gomis’ latest is far from the miserablist issue drama that synopsis portends, instead weaving a sensual, sometimes hopeful, sometimes disturbing urban tapestry with threads of image, sound, poetry, and song. 

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [6/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.