National Geographic : 2013 Oct
When I first went to the Congo, I realized that a hundred years after Joseph C o nr ad ’s Heart of Darkness, nothing had changed. People were still being ex- ploited, only now it was multinational corporations sucking up all the resources. A report in 2004 said that more than four million people had died in what is now called Africa’s first world war, and I just couldn’t believe that no one was talking about this horrific death toll. That enraged me. At one point I was spending eight months a year photographing this war, and yet only a couple of international reporters were covering it from Kinshasa. So I keep bringing back these images because I want to make people as angry as I am. I want them to know the minerals in our mobile phones or computers or cameras are funding violence. How can we make the horror stop? It begins with a photograph. Photographs by Marcus Bleasdale Desperate for safety, villagers flee fighting in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A video interview with Marcus Bleasdale can be viewed on our digital editions.