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The Kivus

In the Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo conflict reigns as governments and militia fight for control of the mineral-rich country

Michael Christopher Brown

Michael Christopher Brown Congo. 2012. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown A victim of the Interahamwe. Lulingu, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. January 17, 2014 © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown In Rwindi, the F.A.R.D.C. (military of the D.R.C.) occupy a Mobutu-era defunct safari hotel, called Hotel Invest. North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. December 2012. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Goma. Democratic Republic of Congo. 2014. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Aerial views outside the town of Bunia, located near Lake Albert, which separates the Democratic Republic of Congo from Uganda. Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo. April 8, 2013. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown A veiled rape survivor testifies while accused Congolese soldiers are seated behind her. Minova, Democratic Republic of Congo. February 12, 2014. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown A child illustrates a Congolese Army (FARDC) soldier and a raped woman during an Art School for Orphans. Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. December 23, 2013. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Congolese Army (FARDC) soldiers go on patrol. Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. May 20, 2013. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Funeral for a F.A.R.D.C. (military of the D.R.C.) soldier. North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. December 2012. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown People sleeping on the street. Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. December 23, 2012. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Cattle are packed into a truck with other goods piled on top of them to discourage bandits from stopping the vehicle and stealing the cattle. Democratic Republic of Congo. December 27, 2012. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown A street kid uses a sheet to cover himself while walking the streets of Goma. Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. December 24, 2012. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown In Rwindi, a Savanna located in North Kivu, the F.A.R.D.C. (military of the D.R.C.) occupy what was formerly a safari hotel during the Mobutu era, called Hotel Invest. Families of soldiers sleep in (...)
Michael Christopher Brown In Rwindi, a Savanna located in North Kivu, the F.A.R.D.C. (military of the D.R.C.) occupy what was formerly a safari hotel during the Mobutu era, called Hotel Invest. A female soldier, who lost he (...)
Michael Christopher Brown Joseph, who runs Rainbow Sunrise, an LGBT organization in Bukavu, relaxes in a bed at a friend's house. Two weekends ago he was beaten and imprisoned by police, who accused him of damaging Congoles (...)
Michael Christopher Brown A famous thief, known as Ninja, walks the streets of Goma. It is commonly known that Ninja stole a laptop and other goods from photographer Michael Christopher Brown. Goma, Democratic Republic of C (...)
Michael Christopher Brown At Goma Airport planes abandoned due to wars and volcanic eruptions over the past two decades have become a playground for street children, some of whom sell the parts which are made into stoves an (...)

In the Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.), regional and western governments, as well as dozens of armed groups, engage in turf battles driven by ethnicity and funded by minerals.

The richest country in Africa, with upwards of $30 trillion of minerals in the ground, Congo will perhaps never be left alone – when there is war, the price of minerals is low – and it is in the interest of buyers to keep prices low.

This is a sample of images from an in-progress four-book Congo set exploring conflict in the Kivus.