DR Congo at 50 by Stephan Vanfleteren

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Emmanuel Buhendwa, begger: 'My children have no money and so cannot look after me. During the day I beg in the streets of Bukavu. My wife works on a small plot of land where we have just enough to ward off starvation. Once I was a security officer, and a sergeant major in Katanga under President Mobutu. Before that, when Congo was still a Belgian colony, I worked as a gardener for a white man. Unfortunately, I can no longer remember his name. I am 96 years old, not only are my legs worn out but my memory has gone the same way. I no longer even know how many grandchildren I have, let alone great-grandchildren. But my stomach is still working, because it certainly remembers when I have to eat, whenever hunger returns.'.