DR Congo at 50 by Stephan Vanfleteren

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Victor Komboi Kiloko, fisherman: 'First I had to learn how to swim, and only then could I accompany my father to learn how to fish. I was six years old when I was allowed to come along on the pirangue for the first time. A few years later I had my own 'kai', my own paddle. We have new ones made every year because the powerful Congo River wears them out. Each paddle is different, like each pirangue is also different and the Congo River is also different each day. It has been flowing along here for ages but you never know the river entirely.' ..