I am just coming back from a trip out in the field in Mbuji-Mayi, more than 1000 km east of Kinshasa. I wanted to share with you some beauties of this part of the country to show you that despite all the poverty and lack of means to reach a minimum level of health and education, we can hope that DRC has the potential to change.
Mbuji-Mayi is the capital of the province of Kasai Oriental and Save the Children has an office there. I flew to Mbuji-Mayi on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we drove to Cilundu, a village which is 65 km away from Mbuji-Mayi. It took us almost 2 hours to reach the village because of the bad road conditions. On the way to Cilundu, we went through hills where grass and palm trees grow well, we crossed many rivers and passed beside cliffs. The scenery were wonderful and it is difficult to understand that people are starving when the nature can offer everything. We went through many small villages where kids were playing, laughing and saying goodbye to us. When I see these kids, I believe that a better world is possible for them and that this country has a lot to offer. However, we must all work together for a common goal.
Last 3 pictures from Gaetan Lamontagne