DR Congo at 50 by Stephan Vanfleteren

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Seyota Ndamuso m'Rashagua, farmer's wife: 'My husband died from hunger 6 years ago. He was so terribly thin at the end of his life. He had no strength left. Each day we had to go to the valley with the children to grow cheap manioc on our infertile patch. In the end, my husband had no strength left. Sometimes we had to give up our meagre proceeds to soldiers on the way home in the evening. That was terrible, but it was better than a beating or, worse still, having one our children carried off to be recruited as a child soldier in some army.' .