Democratic Republic of Congo
Understand the people you're photographing
“Did nobody try to steal your camera?” people asked me when I returned from a boattrip through Congo. A silly question, I thought to myself.
Bring me crocodile and make it snappy
As the Sowidaja – our boat – makes it way down the Congo river, some traders leave but new passengers are still boarding. By now there are some 200 passengers, but the Sowidaja has not become any bigger.
Would you wait three months for a ferry?
Rogier has been waiting for the Sowidaja to sail for two weeks now. He sits under a plastic sheet to protect himself and his two children against the heat. They keep asking when the boat will leave. “I don’t know,” he tells them time after time.
Sailing the Congo River takes a month
Hello Congo, where sailing on the Congo River from Kisangani, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the capital, Kinshasa, is a 1,750 km voyage that takes a month. The dangers and hardships call for a hardy constitution but bind those onboard together in a shared experience. When the ship leaves, it carries passengers. When it arrives, it carries a 200-person family.