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A very ordinary picture of curiously smiling kids, excited to be in front of a camera. But this is from the Goma area in North Kivu province, eastern DR Congo, once again in the news as soldiers and rebels have dragged the area into chaos and violence, causing immeasurable suffering to the civilian population.
This picture was taken at a polling station on election day in July 2006, when the Congolese people hoped that a democratically elected government would finally bring peace and stability to their country. But stability has never reached the distant Kivu area, where the government has been unable, or unwilling, to control the undisciplined army and the ruthless warlords. The United Nations have been equally unable to protect the population.
So for a brief period these kids had a chance to smile and play. Life is less fun today.

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