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Wooding Post. Kasai River

Wood cutting post above Bopoto, upper Congo. Rev. Charles Dodds on the left

Woman of Waka

Witch doctor at Bopoto, upper Congo

Witch at Euli, Ikelemba

Wild orchids growing on banks at Stanley Pool

Watering the engine with buckets on Mayumbe railway

Waterfall on Luebo River. Kasai District

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There are an estimated 1,045,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in the Democratic Republic of Congo (GSI 2018). In 2016 several armed groups continued to abduct and forcibly recruit men, women and children as combatants and in support roles such as guards, cleaners, cooks and spies. In 2016, 184 cases of child soldiers were reported, with 1,662 children reported to have separated or escaped from armed groups. Child soldiers who manage to escape remain vulnerable to re-recruitment as adequate rehabilitation services remain unavailable to children suffering trauma, stigmatisation and the continued threat of armed groups. Violette was 12 years old when she was abducted by armed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Vines of the Congo forest

Village of Ilinga, where Mr. and Mrs. Harris slept. Home of mutilated lad Impongi. Houses barricaded against nightly prowl of leopards

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Village in the Forest

Unknown.This photograph formed part of the Harris Lantern Slide Collection. Under King Leopold II the Congo Free State used mass forced labour to extract rubber from the jungle for the European market. As consumer demand grew King Leopold II's private army - the Force Publique - used violent means to coerce the population into meeting quotas, including murder, mutilation, rape, village burning, starvation and hostage taking. Alice Seeley Harris and her husband Reverend John H. Harris were missionaries in the Congo Free State from the late 1890s. Alice produced a collection of images documenting the horrific abuses of the African rubber labourers. Her photographs are considered to be an important development in the history of humanitarian campaigning. The images were used in a number of publications. The Harrises also used the photographs to develop the Congo Atrocity Lantern Lecture which toured Britain and the the USA raising awareness of the issue of colonial abuses under King Leopold II's regime. Source: Antislavery International.

View on the Congo River immediately below the limit of navigation

View on Kasai River

View on Cocoa Farm, Kinyati, Mayumbe.

View on Cocoa Farm of Temvo, Mayumbe Country.

View of the Lulua River, taken from the hills around Luebo

View of Temvo Plantation, Mayumbe.

View of Temvo Cocoa Plantation, Mayumbe Country. Congo

View of Temvo Cocoa Plantation, Mayumbe