Rising from chaos
The Boston Globe
The United Nations estimates that more than 3.5 million civilians have died in Democratic Republic of the Congo during unremitting fighting that began in 1996, either from the warfare itself or from disease and malnutrition as they tried to escape. In the town of Kasongo, locals moved tables and chairs outside the new district election headquarters in a shattered building. According to an official, there is no money for furniture, so the unpaid staff brings chairs and desks from their homes each morning, lugging them back home each night.
The United Nations estimates that more than 3.5 million civilians have died in Democratic Republic of the Congo during unremitting fighting that began in 1996, either from the warfare itself or from disease and malnutrition as they tried to escape.

In the town of Kasongo, locals moved tables and chairs outside the new district election headquarters in a shattered building. According to an official, there is no money for furniture, so the unpaid staff brings chairs and desks from their homes each morning, lugging them back home each night.
(Globe Staff Photo / Dominic Chavez)