Country #28 – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Here we go…
Country #28 is the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For most of the countries I’ve visited so far, I’ve tried to steer clear of focusing on violence, particularly in Africa. Looking at a war in a foreign country often devolves into some pretty lazy thinking – “people over there are always fighting”, “there’s nothing we can do”, “we had nothing to do with it”, “it doesn’t affect me”…etc. It’s part of my life’s work to NOT think that way, despite how much my own culture promotes privileged ignorance.

However, for this place, right now, it seems disrespectful to turn away. The ongoing conflict in the DRC is a massive thing, and has affected so many innocent people; I want to know more about it.