PhotoVoice is a participatory, qualitative tool that enables participants to use disposal cameras to photograph their everyday lives and capture their ‘voice’ through the photos they take.
Same struggle to survive
I am now in Lubumbashi and I am realizing that I am going through the same experiences I lived in back in Eastern DRC. People… people are suffering… people from the East are struggling to survive. They are even doing heavy work to survive, someone is carrying a sack that is weighing a sac that weighs abound 200-300 Kgs while himself weighs around 60-70 kgs.
People are living in sub-standard houses, the dirt; people are living in dirty areas. Abnormal life conditions, girls are transporting buckets of water from long distances in order to get water to bathe, prepare meals. Only misery and difficulties surround the life of war survivors from the East.
We see children who are abandoned. These children would be in school. At such time they would be in schools, but following a government that is irresponsible, coupled with the fact that parents are not able to pay school fees for the children, parents send their children to sell eggs, water in town in various markets and instead, children opt to play such games. The children are not taken care of. They are abandoned to their own fate.
Following the failure of politics, people go to various churches to pray, hoping that it is from God that a solution to the problems in eastern DRC will be found. You can tell the kind of churches that you find in in areas with a good record of the war. Because people still know God even in time of war, they still build churches despite their life situation. They hope that by praying in such churches, they can find a solution to their problems.
People are idle and therefore overwhelmed by the situation and decided to indulge in drinking and smoking cigarettes in order to console themselves. They believe that by drinking they can console themselves. They spend all their time in bistros and bars to console themselves.