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This is a very uncomplicated photo, showing just a few kids living on the outskirts of Kinshasa getting a bit excited or startled by the arrival of a number of outsiders, Congolese and foreigners, to their quiet neighbourhood.

I was one of those utsiders who came here to visit a local democracy awareness campaign, a few days ahead of general elections in 2006. That was the first time in 46 years that the Congolese people had a chance to elect their representatives in a reasonably fair manner.

The elections, heavily assisted by the UN, went off comparatively smoothly. Unfortunately not much has happened since then. The war-torn country is still in a sad state and the Democratic Republic of Congo has as yet not lived up to its name.

You can see some of the participants of the democracy awareness campaign in workshops.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3359 W: 298 N: 6997] (37145)
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