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DRC: No Peace of Mind

Stories of Displacement in the DRC. The effect of the lengthy conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on individuals and communities. © Various photographers

Around two million people are internally displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in central Africa, and nearly 500,000 Congolese people are refugees in neighbouring countries. The DRC continues to be plagued by widespread violence and insecurity, which prevent many people from receiving vital assistance. Those most affected are those least able to get their voices heard. Click here for a map of the DRC.


The photographs in this collection were part of an exhibition, "No Peace of Mind – Stories of Displacement in the DRC", which was held by the Refugee Studies Centre in December 2010. The event showcased images from professional photojournalists, with the aim of illustrating the effects of the lengthy conflict in the DRC on individuals and communities and the different aspects of forced displacement.


  • Amelia Bookstein Kyazze. Amelia has been a photographer and humanitarian worker since 1996. Her photographs deal with the themes of humanity and landscape. She is currently is Head of Conflict & Humanitarian Policy for Save the Children UK.
  • Keith McAllister, photographer for the overseas disability charity CBM. Keith grew up in the DRC and went back there as a photographer with CBM, an organization with Christian values that helps 20 million people with disabilities in developing countries every year.
  • Adrian Arbib. Adrian is an Oxford based photographer, whose work over the last 25 years has focused on human rights.
  • Boniface Mush’ayuma. Boniface is a child protection practitioner, who has previously worked for UNICEF and now works with the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, based in Goma.


All photographs © Amity Malack, 2009.

Related FMO Resources

This exhibition complements issue 36 of Forced Migration Review:

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Last updated Sep 09, 2011