December 29, 2007 - 12:00pm

In 2005, five world-renowned photographers from the VII Photo Agency—Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged, and James Nachtwey—traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), to shed light on the suffering of the Congolese people in their struggle to survive a war that remains virtually invisible to the outside world.

Their work was presented in Democratic Republic of the Congo: Forgotten War, an exhibit curated by Alison Morley of the International Center for Photography. The exhibit premiered at Engine 27 in New York City and went on to travel within the US and to Australia, Austria, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, and Switzerland.

An accompanying book, published by DeMo, is also available at www.viiphoto.com/books.html.

View more information on MSF’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Solange is 25 years old and a commercial sex worker living in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo. She and eight other sex workers share a compound with about six square meters of space for each of them. They live, eat, sleep and have sex with their clients in these small rooms. In early 2005, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started a new project aimed at treating commercial sex workers who have HIV/AIDS with life-extending antiretroviral medicines.

 

© Ron Haviv/VII

A patient sits amidst malaria bed nets at the Bon Marché Hospital in Bunia in the northeastern Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs the 330-bed hospital.

 

© Ron Haviv/VII

Makeshift tents line the hills of Tche camp in the northeastern Ituri region in Democratic Republic of the Congo. As tensions have escalated among Ituri faction groups fighting for control of resources, the ensuing attacks, rapes, and mass killings have prompted tens of thousands of people to flee to Djugu territory.

 

© Antonin Kratochvil/VII 

A woman living with HIV/AIDS who is receiving care in a local hospital in the eastern town of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) physicians provide AIDS treatment through the hospital.

 

© Antonin Kratochvil/VII 

The hands of a severely ill HIV/AIDS patient who is receiving treatment from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the local hospital in the eastern town of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 
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© Ron Haviv/VII 

Families outside their makeshift homes in the Gina camp for internally displaced people. The camp is located in Djugu territory of the northeastern Ituri region of Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 
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© Ron Haviv/VII 

A family mourns the death of an 11-month-old child who died from disease.

 
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© Ron Haviv/VII 

A woman waits at a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, which provides treatment for sexual violence.

 

© Gary Knight/VII 

A view of downtown Bunia, a town in the notheastern Ituri region of Democratic Republic of Congo. Bunia has been the scene of conflict and ethnic turmoil for several years.

 
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© Gary Knight/VII

 

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